Four outstanding educators from the Bay Area will be honored at the 10th Hill Physicians Asian Heritage Street Celebration School Awards Ceremony sponsored by Target, for their dedication in promoting cross-cultural diversity in their communities. Each winner will be presented with a glass plaque and a gift card onstage at the School Awards Ceremony inside the Asian Art Museum’s Samsung Hall on Saturday, May 17th. There will be a reception with light refreshments and food for honorees and friends from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., and the Ceremony will begin at 11:00 a.m. The event is free and open to the public. This year’s winners are dedicated and passionate in reaching out to their respective communities in celebrating and sharing cultural diversity. Here’s a look at this year’s winners.
Judy Chow, 1st Grade Teacher, Sunset Elementary School
Hosting an in-class Family Heritage Museum, coordinating the Multicultural Potluck Lunch celebration and creating Lunar New Year art projects-these are just some of the things that Judy Chow has done to educate and engage her colleagues and students in celebrating multicultural diversity throughout the school year as a teacher at Sunset Elementary School. In the classroom, her students are asked to bring in special artifacts from their culture to present to the class and add to the Family Heritage Museum. The museum is open to all students in the school, and families are invited to bring in a cultural dish to share during the Multicultural Potluck Lunch Celebration.
Mark Huynh, Fine Arts Teacher and Coach, Galileo Academy of Science and Technology
Mark Huynh graduated from Galileo as the senior class president and back-to-back varsity football champion. Huynh went on to receive a B.A. in ART from San Francisco State University. In 2000 he returned to teach art at the high school and for the last five years coached the diverse varsity football team consisting of many Asian, Latino, Samoan, and African American players, who recently won another championship. He was selected and inducted to the Galileo Sports Hall of Fame in 2012. He serves as the Pendulum newspaper and Telescope yearbook advisor and has organized student government leaders in volunteering for the Chinese New Year Parade.
Larry Yee, Math Teacher, George Washington High School
A native San Franciscan, Larry is a second-generation San Francisco public school teacher and George Washington High School alumnus. He has spent 27 years teaching for the SFUSD at middle schools and high schools, as well as teaching at the University of San Francisco. He encourages students to be involved in school activities and is committed to educating students, while providing the students with structure and engaging lessons in his classroom to become the best they can and succeed to their highest level. In addition to teaching, he has coached football and continues to work innumerable hours with the boys’ basketball program. His coaching and involvement have touched the lives of countless Washington High School students, as he works many hours on fundraising for both lacrosse and basketball through car washes and technology recycling.
Jiun Chou Young, Immersion Chinese Teacher, Chinese American International School
Jiun has been developing and leading the middle school Chinese language and culture curriculum at Chinese American International School (CAIS) for almost 20 years. She is responsible for educating a generation of kids of all backgrounds in many aspects of Chinese language and culture. Jiun also directs the annual school-wide greeting lunar celebration attended by 1,500 people. Jiun is the lead chaperone for dozens of students on educational trips to China. She also serves as a translator for the school community.