Local Educators to be Honored for Promoting Diversity at AHSC

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Six extraordinary educators from the Bay Area will be honored for their dedication in promoting cross-cultural diversity in their communities at the Ninth Annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration School Awards Ceremony sponsored by Target.

2012 AHSC School Award Winners Christine Eng Leon of Abraham Lincoln High School and Tomokazu Morkiawa of George Washington High  with students.

8th Annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration School Award Winners Christine Eng Leon of Abraham Lincoln High School and Tomokazu Morkiawa of George Washington High with students during the  May, 19 2012 Ceremony inside the Asian Art Museum.  Photo by Frank Jang.

Each awardee will be presented with a glass plaque and a gift card on stage at the AHSC School Awards Ceremony inside the Asian Art Museum’s Samsung Hall on Saturday, May 18th. There will be a reception with light refreshments and food for honorees and friends beginning at 10:30 a.m., followed by the ceremony from 11:00 a.m. to noon. To RSVP to the FREE event visit: http://ahscschoolawards2013.eventbrite.com/

This year’s winners come from all over the Bay Area, but they all share one commonality — a deep passion and desire to reach out to their respective communities in celebrating and sharing cultural diversity. Here’s a look at this year’s winners:

Kevin Chang

Kevin Chang, Chinese American International School

Kevin Chang, Chinese American International School

As the Chinese program director at the Chinese American International School (CAIS), Kevin oversees all aspects of Chinese language and cultural education for CAIS’s Chinese-English dual language immersion program, including educating the greater school community about aspects of Chinese language and culture and serving as the main cultural liaison and advocate for CAIS’s native Chinese-speaking teachers, who comprise half of the CAIS faculty. During the summer he oversees the training and supervision of faculty of STARTALK, a federally funded Chinese immersion program that offers Chinese language immersion instruction to students from the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) for subsidized or no cost.

Dennis Chew, Gordon J. Lau Elementary School

For the past 31 years, Dennis Chew has served the community as a dedicated teacher, assistant principal and principal in the SFUSD. He is currently the principal of Gordon J. Lau Elementary School in San Francisco’s Chinatown, where he teaches students to appreciate the diversity of their campus by celebrating different cultures’ traditions, customs and foods at cultural awareness events held throughout the school year.

David Ko, George Washington High School

David Ko, George Washington High School

David Ko, George Washington High School

A Washington High School alumnus, David has been teaching at the high school for eight years.  He is the department head of social studies and one of the founding developers of SFUSD’s ethnic studies curriculum, which helps ninth graders understand other cultures as well as their own in an open and equitable learning environment.

Daniel Kim

Daniel Kim, Abraham Lincoln High School

As an AP English and Literature teacher at Abraham Lincoln High School, Daniel is keenly aware of the achievement gap that exists in Advanced Placement classes.  He goes out of his way to recruit students for his AP class that are traditionally underrepresented, including Latino and African American students. He is also the advisor for the school’s Korean Culture Club.

Eugene Wing

Eugene Wing, Galileo Academy of Science and Technology

Eugene Wing, Galileo Academy of Science and Technology

Eugene Wing has worked at Galileo Academy of Science and Technology for over 40 years, serving as both a science teacher and as the Associated Student Body advisor and student activities director since 1978. He has coordinated over 50 clubs, assembly programs, pep rallies, dances, graduations and multicultural extracurricular activities and founded the Galileo dragon boat team in 2002.

Sonny Wong, Francis Scott Key Elementary School

Sonny Wong, Francis Scott Key Elementary School

Sonny Wong, Francis Scott Key Elementary School

As a fifth grade teacher at Francis Scott Key Elementary School, Sonny Wong implements and promotes diversity in her teaching through various ways, ranging from reading multicultural books and exposing students to music and dance from around the world to discussing the struggles of various immigrant groups and social justice issues.

 

*Please help support AsianWeek Foundation in our recognition of these excellent educators, administrators, and staff with a monetary donation to help cover the cost of pastries/juice/coffee for the reception. Donations can be made at http://ahscschoolawards2013.eventbrite.com or checks can be made out to the AsianWeek Foundation and sent to AsianWeek Foundation, c/o: School Awards, 564 Market St. Suite 320, San Francisco, CA 94104.

 

- By Tiffany Louie

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Tiffany Louie is an Asian American born in San Francisco, obsessed with SF Giants baseball, Hello Kitty, good food, politics, and dogs (not necessarily in that order).