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Wangenheim Middle School mathematics teacher and 2012 Teacher of the Year Genevieve Esmende has been selected as a 2012 Math for America SanDiego Noyce Master Teaching Fellow, according to Barbara Edwards, executive director of Math for America San Diego (MfA SD). MfA SD is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving mathematics achievement in San Diego County public secondary schools. 

"Genevieve was awarded an MfA SD Noyce Master Teaching Fellowship because of her exemplary teaching abilities and commitment to improving mathematics understanding and achievement in her students," Edwards said. "She is a highly dedicated professional eager to discover new approaches to teaching middle school mathematics." MfA SD is welcoming four fellows to its Master Teaching Fellowship program this year.

Supported through a $1.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the five-year MfA SD Noyce Master Teaching Fellowship offers comprehensive leadership training and professional development to experienced middle and high school mathematics teachers who currently teach in high need school districts. Fellows receive an annual $10,000 stipend and rigorous professional development, including participation in a three-week summer institute and
yearlong training sessions.

"Our MfA SD Noyce Master Teaching Fellows are committed to working with their colleagues to increase mathematics understanding and achievement in students," said Dr. Guershon Harel, professor of mathematics at the University of California, San Diego and principal investigator of the NSF grant. "Our program will enhance instructional and leadership capabilities, and provide teaching instruction for the new Common Core State Standards for mathematics. We hope to create new opportunities for collaboration among fellows' department and district colleagues."

Esmende has been a mathematics teacher at Wangenheim Middle School since 2003. She currently serves as the Mathematics Department Chair. Before joining Wangenheim, Esmende began her teaching career at Perry Elementary School. She earned a Master's degree (more) in Education (M.Ed.) in K-8 Mathematics Education from San Diego State University. She also holds a BA degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of California, San Diego. Esmende received the Filipino American Educators Association (FILAMEDA) of California Educator of the Year Award (2006), and was the recipient of the Laurie Center Scholarship from the California Mathematics Council (2002), and the Errett A. Bishop Memorial Scholarship from the University of California, San Diego Mathematics Department (1998-1999). She is an active member of FILAMEDA of San Diego, serving on its board since 2002.

"Learning mathematics goes beyond class lectures, memorizing formulas and 'drill and kill' practice worksheets. To prepare our students for the future they need to develop problemsolving skills and learn how to understand and connect concepts with each other," Esmende said. "I want to work as hard as I can with students, teachers, administrators, parents and the community to help students to understand and excel in math."