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PAEMST California Finalist - Ms. Esmende!



Congratulations to Ms. Esmende! 


State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces 2015 Finalists for


Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching




            SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today nominated 10 outstanding secondary mathematics and science teachers as California finalists for the 2015 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).


            “These remarkable teachers are dedicated, passionate, knowledgeable, and use innovative teaching methods that help prepare our students to thrive in a world in which technology changes at a breathtaking pace,” Torlakson said. “They are helping to turn our students into problem solvers who can be the innovators and inventors of tomorrow.”


The California Department of Education partnered with the California Science Teachers Association and the California Mathematics Council to recruit and select nominees for the PAEMST program—the highest recognition in the nation for a math or science teacher. State finalists were selected by a review panel of their peers who reviewed each candidate's content knowledge, pedagogical effectiveness, achievement results, and professional involvement.


Genevieve Esmende is a teacher and mathematics department chair at Wangenheim Middle School in San Diego Unified School District. She has been teaching for a total of 15 years. She is a Master Teacher Fellow for Math for America San Diego through which she mentors new middle school math teachers