March/April 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 6

Congratulations Awards Winners!

Posted: Friday, September 30th, 2011

CSTA congratulates Guadalupe De La O, Ziba Mayar, Ericka Senegar-Mitchell, and Dean Baird for their stuffing achievements! CSTA will honor them during the Awards Breakfast at the 2011 California Science Education Conference on October 22, at the Sheraton Pasadena Hotel.

Meet the 2011 Recipient CSTA Future Science Teacher Award:

Guadalupe De La O

Ms. De La O is a dedicated preservice teacher. She is bright, hard working, and committed to becoming an outstanding teacher. She takes advantage of opportunities which will help her grow as a teacher and she is receptive to feedback. I look forward to see where her career takes her. Having watched her mature as a teacher, and having taught with her, I am very confident in saying that I believe she’s going to be a great teacher! During her preparation program, she has shown a true commitment to becoming and exemplary science educator and I believe she will continue to grow in the science teacher leader who will guide her own students on to greatness. – Laura Henriques

Guadalupe De La O received her bachelor’s degree in Biology, Option Education, from CSU Long Beach. She completed her student teaching for single subject biology in 2011. In 2009 she was named a Robert Noyce Scholar. She taught science at two summer camps hosted by CSU Long Beach, the Young Scientists Camp and the Science Education Experience to Help Underserved Students Succeed! (SEE US Succeed!) – a program developed for K-8 homeless children in Long Beach USD.

Ziba Mayar, Ericka Senegar-Mitchell, and Dean Baird were named the 2011 California State Science Finalists for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Dean Andrew Baird is a physics teacher at Rio Americano High School in the San Juan Unified School District, Sacramento County; Ericka Senegar-Mitchell is a biotechnology teacher at Junipero Serra High School in the San Diego Unified School District, San Diego County; and Ziba Mayar is a biology teacher at Temecula Valley High School in the Temecula Valley Unified School District, Riverside County.

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. Each applicant had to demonstrate a mastery of math or science, appropriate use of instructional methods and strategies, effective use of assessment strategies, employ life-long learning, and show leadership in education outside the classroom. Each candidate was also required to submit a 45-minute video lesson in support of their application.

Baird has taught physics, computer science and electronics, and physical science since 1986 at Rio Americano High School. He is the recipient of numerous local, state, and national recognition awards and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from the University of Michigan and a Master of Science degree in instructional leadership in curriculum and instruction from National University. Baird presented his “Why the Sky is Blue” video that actively explores a variety of alternative explanations through experimentation, demonstration, and discussion.

Senegar-Mitchell has taught biology and biotechnology courses since 2007 at Junipero Serra High School. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry from Loyola Marymount University, a second Bachelor of Science in biology from the California State University, Dominguez Hills; a teaching credential in biological sciences and chemistry from California State University, Fullerton; and a Master of Arts and a Doctorate in Education Psychology from Chapman University. Senegar-Mitchell is San Diego Unified’s 2010 High School Teacher of the Year, a San Diego County Teacher of the Year, and a finalist for the California Teacher of the Year. Her video was a laboratory-based lesson focused on mammalian cell culture techniques.

Mayar has taught high school biology courses since 2001 at Temecula Valley High School. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from San Diego State University and was selected as the 2011 Riverside County Science Teacher of the Year. Her video focused on DNA re-combination and used student coaches to instruct and support the learning of other students.

The nominees’ applications will now be sent to the National Science Foundation and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy for additional consideration for this highly esteemed national award that will be finalized next year. PAEMST is the highest recognition that a kindergarten through twelfth grade math or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. PAEMST was enacted by Congress in 1983 and authorizes the President each year to bestow up to 108 awards to math and science teachers from each of the 50 states and four U.S. jurisdictions including Washington, D.C.; Puerto Rico; Department of Defense Schools; and the U.S. territories. PAEMST awards primary and secondary teachers in alternate years.

 

 

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CSTA represents science educators statewide—in every science discipline at every grade level, Kindergarten through University.

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  1. […] I had the pleasure of hosting the annual awards breakfast. During the breakfast we honored CSTA’s Future Science Teacher Award winner, Guadalupe de la O, and together with the California Department of Education, we recognized the California finalists […]

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