Blair High School Wins Fefferman Award for Excellence in Math and Science Education

first_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Business News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. The Pasadena Community Foundation has awarded its second annual $50,000 Dr. Robert Fefferman Award for Excellence in Math and Science Education to Blair High School’s science department. Michele Manzanares, a science teacher at Blair High School, was chosen as the recipient of a $25,000 cash award. In addition to the $25,000 unrestricted gift to the teacher, the Fefferman award also benefits the teacher’s school with a $15,000 grant to the Blair science department. Two Blair senior students will each receive a $5,000 college scholarship for outstanding performance in math or science.The Fefferman Award acknowledges outstanding high school math and science teachers and students in the Pasadena Unified School District.The winner of the 2016 Fefferman Award was announced at a dinner on Wednesday, May 4 attended by five teacher finalists, the Fefferman Selection Committee, Pasadena Community Foundation staff, Superintendent Dr. Brian McDonald, Mayor Terry Tornek, principals Tim Sippel from Muir, Mark Anderson from Marshall, Trudell Skinner of Blair and Gilbert Barraza of Pasadena High School.The winning teacher, Michele Manzanares, was announced by Dr. Robert Fefferman, visiting from Chicago for this event. Ms. Manzanares, sitting next to her husband and principal, became emotional as the award was announced. She gave a special thanks to her wonderful students.Ms. Manazares, who received an outstanding statement of endorsement from Principal Skinner, began teaching at Blair in 2000. She has taught a wide range of classes from AP Biology to Life Science. She herself was inspired by teachers in high school and pursued a teaching career to “open [students] eyes to the wonder of science.”Not only does Ms. Manzanares push her students to succeed, she always looks for ways to better herself, to support her community, and to play a leadership role at Blair. She leads the Blair Health Careers Academy, where she does not settle for letting her students just be average. Ms. Manzaneres believes that her students can reach the highest ranks of the health and science fields. During the selection committee’s visits to her classroom, she demonstrated an outstanding grasp of her subject and an unusual knack for bringing out the best in her students and encouraging participation and engagement.The Fefferman Award rewards and inspires excellence in math and science teaching at the high school level. The award is made possible by an anonymous donor, who believes that outstanding educators inspire students to pursue a higher level of math and science education; and that students who are inspired to pursue jobs in the fields of math and science can help the local Pasadena community and the world. Because science and math education strengthens critical thinking, problem solving, and creative reasoning skills, students succeed academically, economically and personally.The award is named in honor of Dr. Robert Fefferman, the Max Mason Distinguished Service Professor of Mathematics at the University of Chicago. His work includes research mathematics, teaching, and service to his University and to the community at large including the Chicago Public Schools. He is an inspiration to many, including the donor who named the award in his honor.After reviewing applications for the award, the Selection Committee chose five finalists, visited their classrooms and conducted in-person interviews. Each of the four other teacher finalists received a certificate and $1,000 for their excellence.Fefferman FinalistsMs. Sumita Luthria, John Muir High School; AP Calculus, Precalculus, Algebra IISumita Luthria began teaching in 1982 in Mumbai, India. She came to PUSD in 1994 as a substitute teacher and has been working at Muir since 1996. She served as head of the math department for two years, Math Field Day coach, and class advisor. In 2014, Stanford University selected Ms. Luthria to participate in the Project Summer Scoring Institute, Innovative Lab Network Performance Assessment. She also completed the Stanford University SCALE program. Sumita Luthria truly cares about her students and routinely goes above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that her students excel. Sumita Luthria was a 2015 finalist for the Fefferman Award.Mr. Jose Herrera, Pasadena High School; AP Calculus AB and BC, College Prep MathJose Herrera has taught within PUSD since 1990 and at Pasadena High School since 2006. With a Bachelor of Science from Stanford University and a Masters of Education from Claremont Graduate School, Mr. Herrera has both the academic background and many years of experience that make a great teacher. Jose Herrera exhibits a great deal of compassion for his students while still keeping his expectation high. He wants them to leave his classroom not only with an understanding of the mathematical formulas and algorithms, but about how math can be used to solve complicated problems both in school and in the real world.Mr. Richard Eric Mulfinger, Marshall Fundamental School; AP Statistics, AP Calculus AB & BC, Math IIIRichard Eric Mulfinger began teaching in 1986 and came to Marshall Fundamental School in 1998. Mr. Mulfinger has always played an active role in the school, serving as Math Department Chair, Advanced Placement Coordinator, Chess Club Coordinator, and Cross Country coach, among other activities. Selected as a National Board Certified Math Teacher and Pasadena Rotary Teacher of Excellence, Mr. Mulfinger is always looking for innovative ways to improve and routinely enrolls in professional conferences and institutes. Mr. Mulfinger was a 2015 finalist for the Fefferman Award.Mr. Bharatchandra Parekh, John Muir High School; Integrated I, Math TopicsBharatchandra Parekh has taught within PUSD since 2007 and at Muir High School since 2010. A passionate teacher to say the least, this individual goes to great lengths to ensure his students’ success. From a summer mathematics enrichment course, to weekend teaching sessions, to visiting other classes as a math coach, Mr. Parekh dedicates a full schedule to ensuring his students’ success. With very high California High School Exit Exam pass rates and a classroom environment that successfully encourages participations, Mr. Parekh is a great asset to PUSD. Bharatchandra Parekh was a 2015 finalist for the Fefferman Award.2016 Award Selection CommitteeAnonymous donorMs. Laura Pagano, Co-chair Fefferman Award CommitteeMr. Chris Bragg, Co-chair Fefferman Award CommitteeMr. Rick McAlpin, Corporate Vice President, Parsons CorporationMs. Eddie Newman, Board member, Pasadena Community Foundation; former principal, John Muir High SchoolDr. Donna E. 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first_imgGovernment announces phased easing of public health restrictions hand sanitiserAs the government announced tighter restrictions on communities after a spike in Coronavirus cases, Limerick was dealing with further outbreaks of the deadly virus.The Limerick Post can reveal that University Hospital Limerick (UHL), Hanratty’s Direct Provision Centre and St Patrick’s GAA Club are the latest to be hit by Covid-19.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up As UHL announced measures to tackle an outbreak of the virus on one of its medical wards, the HSE confirmed it was in the process of managing another Covid-19 cluster at a direct provision centre in the city.The HSE told the Limerick Post that a letter sent to residents at Hanratty’s Hostel was “a standard letter that we use when there is a number of cases in a congregated setting”.Management at the centre, located on Glentworth Street, which had 212 residents on the books, declined to comment.St Patrick’s GAA Club, meanwhile, joined a growing list of local sports clubs who had announced they were testing or had players test positive for Covid-19, including Claughaun, Ahane and Cratloe GAA clubs as well as Shannon, Old Crescent and Munster Rugby.On Wednesday morning, St Patrick’s confirmed that “a player from an adult group, who trained with others in an outdoor setting” had contracted the virus.The player is considered low/casual risk and the club is working with the HSE and the Limerick County Board to deal with the issue.An outbreak control team was established at UHL after two Covid-19 cases, involving a patient and a staff member, were confirmed on Tuesday.Staff who have been identified as contacts were asked to self-isolate while further testing and contact tracing continued.Meanwhile, in what was a first for fee-paying Glenstal Abbey School, international pupils were welcomed into a period of self-isolation in Murroe, ahead of the start of the new school term.“The first of our students from outside Ireland have been arriving over the weekend, to spend their 14-day period of restricted movement here in Glenstal. It is great to see students back in our school at last! #iloveboarding #growatglenstal,” Glenstal tweeted. Advertisement Covid antibody testing opens to public at Shannon Airport Linkedin Mass COVID testing to take place at University of Limerick following fresh outbreak of virus among student population Previous articleProtobaby’s Twisted Words – new single and album on the wayNext articleLimerick Post Show | Singer songwriter Dáwna David Raleigh RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email NewsLimerick on alert as city hit by Covid outbreaksBy David Raleigh – August 20, 2020 2091 center_img WhatsApp Twitter Limerick Post Show | Careers & Health Sciences Event for TY Students Facebook Limerick health chiefs urge public not to withhold information on virus contacts, as they investigate “complex and serious outbreaks” across midwest region Institute of Public Health addresses loneliness as a challenge to national health in light of Covid-19 restrictions Print TAGSCoronavirusCovid 19healthIrelandLimerick City and CountyNationalNews last_img read more