Palo Alto High School journalism and English teacher Esther Wojcicki has received an "excellence in teaching" award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association.
The award was presented last month at a Columbia University conference on high school journalism -- a conference attended annually by scores of Paly journalism students under Wojcicki's leadership.
The Charles O'Malley Award for Excellence in Teaching is named for a director and benefactor of the Columbia Scholastic Press Association and signifies "stellar achievement in the teaching of student journalists," according to the association.
Wojcicki, who arrived at Paly as advisor to the student newspaper The Campanile in 1984, has received many teaching awards in the past, including a 2002 Carnegie Foundation award that permitted her to formulate her thoughts on teaching to share with others.
"I see journalism as an integration of all the curriculum -- English, social studies, writing skills and more," she said.
"It teaches you to get along with your peer group, makes you responsible, teaches you about the business world because you have to go out and get ads.
"There's no other subject that prepares you as effectively to be a functioning adult in a democratic society, if it's taught properly, in a way that students are actually trusted," she said.