talkSPORT’s man in Manchester, Dom McGuinness, says Yaya Toure is no longer irreplaceable for Man City, something that could explain his recent pledge to stay at the club after a summer of rocking the boat.Toure’s agent sparked speculation over his future just days after City lifted the Premier League title in May, telling talkSPORT the powerhouse midfeidler was ‘very upset’ with the club after they failed to celebrate his birthday.The 41-year-old was strongly linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain and – more recently – to Manchester rivals United, but the Ivorian instead revealed he would honour his contract at the Etihad Stadium.And, asked about Toure’s future, McGuinness told the Sunday Scoreboard: “He’s probably going to be stuck where he is whether he likes it or not.“Yaya’s in a situation now at 31 where maybe those big moves that were mooted a while ago aren’t going to happen, so then what can he do? That’s probably why there has been the big turnaround”.The power is now firmly in the Manchester club’s hands, according to McGuinness, with Toure not irreplaceable given City’s plans to further strengthen this summer as well as their financial muscle.“He is a key player and a unique player, with the way he can pop up and score so many goals. He’s a very very special player, but of course, there isn’t anyone that can’t be replaced in some shape or form.“He’s not so unique as to keep peddling stories with his agent suggesting moves, suggesting he’s not happy and expect that the club will always stand by him.“With Manchester City’s power financially and the fact that they have a fantastic squad already that will be added too, there comes a point, so he’s replaceable.”
“She’s a very complete teacher,” she added, “and it’s very gratifying to know that she chose to work at our school for 37 years.” Sutterfield said she first realized she wanted to become a teacher while attending Whittier College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology. She was working in the college’s reading clinic, where she helped tutor struggling and disabled students in reading. “I was able to work with kids with special needs, some with Down syndrome and autism, and it really made me think, hey, this is what I want to do,” Sutterfield said. “I also had a brother who taught for 40 years, and a grandma who taught in a one-room schoolhouse,” she said. “But she only did that for one year – one year was enough for her!” Schmierer says part of the “joy” of Sutterfield’s tenure is that generations of families have passed through her classrooms at Hoover Elementary. “The parents will come and talk to me about it, how they were in her classroom and now their children are there,” Schmierer said. “It’s really a legacy that she’s given to our community.” But Sutterfield says she’s the one with the best end of the deal. “There’s not a day I don’t get a laugh, and no matter what’s happening in your own life, the kids give you something to smile about.” The moment that always brightens Sutterfield’s day is when a youngster ambles up to her and proclaims that she’s “the best teacher I’ve ever had in my whole life.” “I smile and I think, `But how many teachers could you have had by now?’ ” she said, chuckling. “But that’s what I love. It’s fun, and I get hugs, and they’re so happy to see you,” Sutterfield said. “It’s a neat job.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It’s a great honor,” said Sutterfield, who has also taught first grade over the years. “Sometimes I still can’t believe it,” she said. “I keep looking at the little paper the district gave me that says I am the Teacher of the Year. “It’s on my fridge at home,” she said sheepishly. “I put it there, just like a little kid would.” But the honor was no surprise to Hoover Principal Kathy Schmierer, who said Sutterfield is “one of the most outstanding teachers, in terms of skills, that I have ever seen. “But on top of that, she also has a heart for her students,” Schmierer said. “She believes in helping them to grow into productive citizens who love learning and love coming to school. WHITTIER – With a career that has spanned nearly four decades, Sandy Sutterfield says not a day has gone by when she didn’t have at least a little bit of fun in her job – not to mention plenty of hugs, laughter or smiles. It’s one of the perks of being a teacher at Hoover Elementary School, says Sutterfield, 59, who kicked off her 38th year at the Uptown public school this month with a brand new second-grade class. But Sutterfield is enjoying a new perk this year – one that left her very flattered and appreciative of her chosen career as an educator. She was named the 2007-08 Teacher of the Year for the Whittier City School District. She will be recognized with other districts’ Teachers of the Year at a banquet later this month sponsored by the Los Angeles County Office of Education.