Norwalk middle school teacher receives $ 25,000 national award – Whittier Daily News

Angelica Gunderson, a teacher at Los Alisos STEM Magnet Middle School in Norwalk, was surprised on Tuesday, May 10 with a $ 25,000 national Milken Educator Award.

Gunderson is Los Alisos ’lead teacher for Project Lead the Way, a three-year science program that covers coding, robotics, green architecture and more – in and out of the classroom.

“STEM jobs are in high demand, and the excellence Angelica Gunderson demonstrates in preparing students to compete in a global economy is representative of the important work being done at Los Alisos Middle School every day,” said Greg Gallagher, Milken Educator Awards senior program director , who presented the award with California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond, in a release from Milken.

“Angelica equips her students with the skills and knowledge to succeed and the confidence and determination to realize their dreams,” Gallagher said.

Gunderson is the sole educator in California and among more than 60 nationwide who will receive the award during the 2021-22 season. She is the first recipient from the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District.

Los Alisos was recognized by the California League of Schools as a “School to Watch” in 2020.

Gunderson also leads the school’s Femineer and Snap the Gap programs, both focused on closing the gender gap in STEM careers. Everything Gunderson does at Los Alisos has a direct impact on students’ current and future academy, according to the release.

The $ 25,000 cash award is unrestricted. Recipients have used the money in various ways. For instance, some have spent the funds on their children or their own continuing education, financing dream field trips, establishing scholarships, and even adopting children, according to the release.

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