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SPI announces finalists for teaching excellence in math and science

May 24, 2021
Even through the challenges of remote learning and the COVID-19 pandemic, California teachers continue to find ways to bring out the curiosity, excellence, critical thinking and problem-solving abilities in students. Six exceptional mathematics and science teachers have been named as finalists from California for the 2021 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
“The teachers recognized today are giving their students the tools to help them tackle difficulties, find creative solutions, ask questions, and be the problem-solvers we need for the challenges of tomorrow,” said state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond, in a news release. “These incredible educational mentors are driving preparation in math, technology, engineering, and science, including computer science, that connect students with the world around them and help them grow their skills to persevere in any endeavor.”
The California Department of Education partners with the California Mathematics Council and the California Association of Science Educators to recruit and select nominees for the program.
Each applicant must display subject mastery, appropriate use of instructional methods and strategies, lifelong learning and leadership in education outside the classroom. Each candidate is also required to submit a 30-minute video lesson.
Mathematics finalists
Kristen Donavan, Woodbridge High School, Irvine USD, Irvine Maria Garcia, Richard Henry Dana Middle School, Wiseburn School District, Hawthorne Stephanie Paris, Granada Hills Charter High School, Los Angeles USD, Granada Hills
Science finalists
Garrett Lim, Walnut High School, Walnut Valley USD, Walnut Catherine Messenger, Los Gatos High School, Los Gatos-Saratoga Union High School District, Los Gatos Zachary Moore, Laguna Blanca School, Hope Elementary School District, Santa Barbara
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