Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Helping Students Realize Their Potential #NSCW17

The SUHSD Learns blog showcases the learning that happens every day across the Sweetwater Union High School District. Each day a short blog post is posted, written by a Sweetwater community member. The goal is to celebrate learning in all its forms. Here is my contribution in celebration of NATIONAL SCHOOL COUNSELING WEEK =) #NSCW17

Philosopher Confucius once said, “The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.”

Today is the first day of the 2017 “National School Counseling Week.” The theme for the week is “Helping Students Realize Their Potential.”

Being an alumnus of Sweetwater High, I understand the stigma my students feel about not being “good enough” for highly selective college admissions. They have heard the narrative too many times: kids from National City don’t go to “those types of schools

Building a college-going culture is more than increasing A-G rates and building AP programs. It’s about building each student’s belief in their ability to achieve their college dreams. They have to believe kids like them DO go to schools like Harvard, Stanford, and Yale. 

As a teacher turned school counselor, in every interaction I have with students, I am reminded of the power of my words and actions to guide students towards the realization of their potential. I have learned that I must acknowledge a student’s hard work and dedication in making their education a priority. I have to express my admiration a student’s resilience amidst the trauma they have experienced.  I have to call attention to a student’s talents that make them unique. 

Each student inherently has the will to win, the desire of succeed, and the urge to reach their potential, yet many need us to help them realize their potential.

Lysabeth Luansing-Garcia is a former AVID Tutor from GJH, once ELA teacher at CPH, now school counselor at SUHI where she maintains the website She is also the co-chair of the SUHSD Counselor Standards Committee. Outside of work, she shares the diversions of life on her lifestyle blog

Friday, January 27, 2017

Don't Get Twisted, Eat The Loop Churros

If you are like me, you drool over Instagram food photos. If you are really like me, you'll like the photo, follow the establishment, and bookmark the spot on Yelp immediately for fear of forgetting to visit the drool-worthy establishment. 

Thus, my recent visit to The Loop, handcrafted churros

Cute photo booth right inside The Loop
What are they? A churro is a deep fried pastry, popular in Spanish influenced regions like the Mexico, Spain, and Portugal. At The Loop, the churros have toppings, dips, and soft-serve accompaniment. Yum, yum, and more yum!

Here are our loops (left to right above):
  • Choco Crunch Glazed Chilled Loop
  • Cookies and Cream Chilled Loop
  • Dulce De Leche Dipped Loop
My favorite was the Choco Crunch. I liked the crunch of the almonds on top of the crunch of the churro. The creamy soft-serve is perfect with the churro!

Visit to plan your loopy churro gastric adventure!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

#DisneyonIce - Opening Night in San Diego #WorldsOfEnchantment

Disney On Ice was completely enchanting this evening!

Garcia Bros. and their buddies Caden, Caleb, and Casey were awestruck the entire show. Here they are at the edge of their seats!

Little Casey couldn't help sing and dance along!

We had a wonderful time singing and dancing along with Buzz and Woody from Toy Story, Ariel and Sebastian from The Little Mermaid, Lighting McQueen and Mater from Cars, and Elsa and Anna from Frozen. The costumes and the music were a treat for all the senses!

Don't miss DISNEY ON ICE: WORLDS OF ENCHANTMENT here in San Diego from January 26-29.

WHEN: January 26 - 29, 2017
Thursday, January 26 7:00 PM
Friday, January 27 7:00 PM
Saturday, January 28 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Sunday, January 29 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM

WHERE: Valley View Casino Center - 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., San Diego, CA 92110

TICKETS: Tickets start at just $15!

To discover more about Disney On Ice, visit

or follow us on these social media platforms:


Twitter: @DisneyOnIce #WorldsOfEnchantment


Instagram: @DisneyOnIce

Disclaimer: I received complimentary tickets in exchange for this blog post and social media shares. All opinions are mine. 

Friday, January 20, 2017

Join Me at the 2017 San Diego Cake Show

Some people are comic-con fanatics. Me? Cake conventions are my thing!

The past few years, I've been on a tour of cake shows in southern California. 

Then we had fun at the LA Cookie Con

And now, I'm super excited to be attending a cake convention in my hometown! The 34th annual San Diego Cake Show is coming soon!

San Diego Cake Show highlights:

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Disclaimer: I received complimentary tickets to San Diego Cake Show in exchange for this blog post and social media shares. All opinions are mine. 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

YES! Kids Parkour in San Diego with De Leon Dymanics

My eldest son, Jelo, is a techie kid. He can easily sit in front of his computer or iPad all day watching CNET videos, playing Minecraft, or drafting his book modeled after Diary of a Wimpy Kid. He'll scooter around the neighborhood with his brother, but won't touch his bike since I took off the training wheels and he is not interested in joining dance like this little brother.

Yet, when his Uncle Jun offered to include him in the Parkour class he teaches at De Leon Dynamics over a year ago, he was all for it!

Parkour is still pretty new to many people. The "sport" of moving rapidly through an area, typically in an urban environment, negotiating obstacles by running, jumping, and climbing is not as easy as it looks.

Here's my brother doing what he loves to do:

Jelo participated in his second show with De Leon Dymanics this past December.

Check him out!

Here are more highlights from the show!

De Leon Dynamics offers classes for kids and adults in parkour, aerial gymnastics, tricking, cirque, and more! Visit them at for more information!

Monday, January 16, 2017

GIVEAWAY: Big Hair, Don't Care - CHOPSTICK Hair Curling Wand

My natural wavy hair has gotten lots of compliments from family and friends, but I've always admired those with tight, corkscrew curls that personify the saying "big hair, don't care".

The Original Chopstick Styler promises to give it's users "corkscrew curls straight from the catwalk". I thought it would be worth a try!

  • Curls hair quickly! 10-20 seconds is good to create a nice curl!
  • Handle is easy to grip and "chopstick" is the perfect length for my medium length hair. 
  • The curls lasted all day without the use of any styling products. 

  • The "chopstick" gets really hot. Even with the included glove, you can still burn yourself if you are not careful. 
  • Because the chopstick is so small, it's hard to use in the back of your head. Sectioning off your hair in small portions will help make sure all parts of your hair has been curled. 
  • Hair can tangle when curling small sections of hair at a time. It helps to comb the section well before wrapping it onto the chopstick. 

Overall, I like the ease of use and the dramatic curls the  Original Chopstick Styler Curling Wand created!

The Original Chopstick Styler Curling Wand FEATURES
  • Extra skinny barrel to get tight, corkscrew curls that really impress
  • Ceramic coated for healthy, smooth and silky hair.
  • Fast heat up time up to 200°c.
  • Built-in safety stand to protect the surfaces.
  • Cool tip to protect your fingers for ultimate control
  • On and off switch with LED indicator.
  • Durable swivel cord.
  • UK 3 Pin Plug or EU 2 Pin Plug available
  • 230-240V~50Hz
  • CHoPstick STYLER comes with 2 year guarantee

Click this link to enter! >>> Win a Lee Stafford CHoPstick STYLER Ceramic Curling Wand

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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary Original Chopstick Styler Curling Wand in exchange for this blog post and social media shares. All opinions are mine!
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