April 29, 2011
Education Roundup for Week Ending April 29, 2011
SACRAMENTO—The California Department of Education (CDE) today issues this week's Education Roundup featuring education-related announcements of public interest.
President Names Two California Teachers for National Award
President Barack Obama today named two California teachers as recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). The two teachers are among 85 educators named nationwide.
The California mathematics winner is Kathleen Martin (Katy) McCarthy, a second grade bilingual teacher at Washington Elementary School in the San Leandro Unified School District in Alameda County. The California science winner is Anne Marie Bergen, a district science teacher in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District in Stanislaus County.
PAEMST is awarded annually to outstanding kindergarten through grade twelve science and mathematics teachers nationwide. The winners are selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and educators following an initial selection process done at the state level. Each year the award alternates between primary and secondary grade teachers. This year's award goes to educators who teach kindergarten through grade six. PAEMST winners will receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation and an expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. later this year for an awards ceremony. Two California nominees for next year's PAEMST award will be named later this year.
For information on PAEMST, please visit the CDE Website at Presidential Awards for Math & Science Teaching. If reporters would like to interview the winners, please contact the CDE Communications Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 916-319-0818 for the winners' contact information.
High School Students for 2011 National Youth Science Camp
CDE has selected two California high school students as delegates, and another as alternate, to the prestigious National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC®). The alternate will serve if either delegate cannot participate in the program.
The first delegate is Bonnie Rae Lei, 18, from Walnut in Los Angeles County. She is a senior at Walnut High School in the Walnut Valley Unified School District. The second delegate is David Kenneth Tang-Quan, 18, from Rancho Palos Verdes in Los Angeles County. He is a senior at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School in the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District. The alternate is Alexis Marie Wood, 17, from Riverside in Riverside County. She is a senior at Arlington High School in the Riverside Unified School District.
The annual NYSC® is funded by the National Youth Science Foundation in West Virginia. Delegates will travel to that state's eastern mountains on June 30, 2011 and will spend a month studying the environment and be exposed to new fields of science. The camp includes a visit to Washington D.C. to meet with national scientists and members of the U.S. Senate. All nominees had to certify that they would earn their diplomas at this school years' end.
For more information about the National Youth Science Camp®, please visit
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May 11 is California Day of the Teacher. Citizens are urged to take a moment that day to honor the state's 299 thousand educators. The Association of Mexican American Educators, Inc. (AMAE) and the California Teachers Association (CTA) are cosponsors of the event that originated from Senate Bill 1546 authored by former Senator Joseph Montoya (D-El Monte) and adopted in 1982. The legislation was based on the Mexican and Latin American "el Dia del Maestro" festivities that are held in honor of teachers.
The AMAE has chosen as its 2011 theme: "You inspire me." The CTA has chosen as its 2011 theme: "Great teaching lasts a lifetime."
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Tom Torlakson —
State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5206, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100