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EPA teacher named finalist for Presidential Award

Alma Suney Park of Eastside College Preparatory School nominated in science category

A teacher from Eastside College Preparatory School in East Palo Alto is among the list of 2012 California State Finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced last week.

Alma Suney Park, who teaches sixth grade at Eastside College Prep, is nominated in the science category, according to Torlakson's office.

"I congratulate these remarkably talented teachers who are among the most creative and effective in California," said Torlakson, himself a science teacher on leave from Mount Diablo Unified School District in Contra Costa County.

"Math and science educators are essential to the future success of students and the future of our state. I greatly appreciate their efforts to make these subjects exciting and inspiring."

The state department of education partnered with the California Mathematics Council and the California Science Teachers Association to recruit and select Park and several other nominees. Each teacher applicant had to submit a 45-minute video lesson demonstrating their mastery of math or science as well as their effective use of teaching methods and strategies while showing leadership in education outside of the classroom, according to the education department.

Park, who holds teaching credentials from Illinois, California and Michigan, and who has worked with the Teaching Channel to create demonstration lessons, featured an investigation on climate change in her video lesson.

— Bay City News Service

Comments

Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 30, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Ms.Park - congratulations! What a wonderful acknowledgement of your hard work & dedication. Thank you for all that you do for the children.


Posted by John Jacobs, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Jul 30, 2012 at 1:58 pm

Anyone who has had the good fortune to work with Suney Park or is connected with Eastside College Prep in any way knows what a phenomenal teacher she is, totally deserving of any accolades which might come her way.


Posted by Paly parent, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 30, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Suney is absolutely remarkable - and Eastside Prep is doing such great work. This is a well-deserved honor - Congratulations!!


Posted by leslie ortega, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 30, 2012 at 4:48 pm

CONGRATULAtIONS SUNEY!
suney was my teacher last year at eastside college preparatory school,which i love, and she is probably the best teacher i know judging by the way she catches our attention, she is super talented and i just love her as my teacher! :D you have to visit eastside to know what its like to be a family on the first day of school! :)


Posted by Mom, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jul 31, 2012 at 10:00 am

It is so impressive to see the quality of teaching happening at Eastside!
What fortunate students.


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