Sunday, July 05, 2009

1st Filipino Teacher to Receive the Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award

From the WTU E-Newsletter:

Aris Pangilinan, along with 20 other teachers from across the region, was recently presented with the Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award. The Washington Post presents this award to exceptional teachers in the Washington, DC area, and along with this honor, award winners each receive $3,000.

Pangilinan, a math teacher at HD Woodson SHS where he has been working for the past five years, is the first Filipino to receive this award. Born in San Juan, Batangas, he came to the United States in 2003. He encourages his students to study and appreciate the concept of math through innovative and best teaching practices.

"I am so blessed to be one of the five teachers in the system to be a recipient of the most recent educator internship opportunity," said Pangilinan. "Filipino teachers now teaching in the US continue to make a difference in the lives of young people and the community where they belong."

Pangilinan was also selected to be an intern in a new program within the DCPS central office where he will have the opportunity to participate in the decision-making process at the central office and to gain first-hand experience in urban education reform at a macro-level. He has received several other awards, including: DCPS Distinguished Educator and Excellence in Education Award, Best Buy Teach DC Award and One of the Best Teachers of HD Woodson Senior High School.

To read more about other Agnes Meyer Award winners, click here.

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