UE Graduate and Former Prof is Teacher of the Year in California County!

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Prof. Susan Tanhueco Ang, a graduate and former professor of the University of the East, has been declared countywide Teacher of the Year of a school district in the United States of America!

Prof. Ang is currently employed at the Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified School District, specifically at Orosi High School, where she has been a Math teacher since August 2007. Orosi is one of seven state schools and one of 11 schools in all under the Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified School District, which covers the towns of Cutlet and Orosi in Tulare County, California.

Prof. Ang is a UE graduate twice over: She earned her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree from the UE College of Engineering-Manila as an “Octoberian” in 1984 and her Master of Arts in Teaching major in Mathematics degree from the UE Graduate School in December 2005. She had also earned units for a doctoral degree at the UE Graduate School.

Moreover, she had been a faculty member of the UE College of Arts and Sciences-Caloocan, for which she was a Physics and Math professor for 15 years, from June 1992 to March 2007.

The recognition for Prof. Ang is part of Tulare County’s annual countywide Excellence in Education Awards program, whose latest awarding ceremony will be held on October 30, 2018, at the Visalia Convention Center in Tulare County.

Per a news release issued by the Tulare County Office of Education, “colleagues and students commended Mrs. Ang for her caring nature and for going ‘above and beyond’ to ensure she’s available to meet students’ needs, particularly if they’re struggling with math content.”

The news release further relates, “When she came to Orosi High school, [Mrs. Ang] immersed herself in the community and the culture. ‘My students saw that I was invested in them, and, as a result, they became my adopted children and I became their second mother’.

“Mrs. Ang stays after school four days each week to work with students in her math classes, and takes the lead coordinating Saturday school. ‘There are moments in that after-school small group setting [where] students will share their life stories,’ she said. ‘I get to know more about them and this improves my instruction.’ Colleagues note that Mrs. Ang persistently asks her students for more effort, better quality, and a deeper understanding every day.”

In addition, “Susan Ang is fully credentialed to teach all math courses at any grade level. She is a coach for the school’s Science Olympiad team and adviser to the Math Club―a club that has grown from 15 members to 160 members under her direction. In addition, she supports students attending the district’s alternative education sites. Mrs. Ang has worked for the district for 11 years… At Orosi High School, she teaches an array of higher level math courses, including Advanced Math, Calculus and Advanced Calculus.”

The news release also cites that “One of the most moving examples of a student [Mrs. Ang] was able to reach was a young man who attended the district’s independent studies program, [who] was on probation for gang activities, having been expelled from two district high schools. Mrs. Ang noticed that he was relatively good at math and used this to try and get him to think about college. Due to her persistence, the student graduated from College of the Sequoias in May with associate’s degrees in both science and math, and will transfer to a four-year university.”

Tulare County Superintendent of Schools Jim Vidak is quoted as saying, “The [Excellence in Education] winners are truly champions for education… Each winner has a heart for seeing that students grow into successful young adults, and for collaborating with their fellow educators to build healthy campus and district cultures.”

The upcoming Excellence in Education Awards ceremony is the program’s 24th year of honoring “the best of the best.”

Prof. Ang is one of three finalists, out of several nominees, for the Teacher of the Year award; the other finalists are a classroom teacher and English, Language and Arts (ELA) coordinator at the Sundale Union School District, and an English teacher at Mission Oak High School in the Tulare Joint Union High School District. The awarding ceremony will also recognize the Administrator of the Year and two School Employees of the Year.

Congratulations, Warrior Graduate and Educator Susan T. Ang!

(Photo and info via UE CAS Caloocan Associate Dean Michelle H. Concepcion)

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