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Alumnus Named California Teacher of the Year

David Goldenberg is the 8th National University alumnus to receive such honors

National University School of Education alumnus David Goldenberg (Single subject teaching credential, 1996) has been named by the state Department of Education as one of five 2013 California Teachers of the Year.

Mr. Goldenberg, an Advanced Placement history teacher at Beckman High School in Orange County’s Tustin Unified School District, received the news in November. Prior to that announcement, he was selected in May as one of five 2013 Orange County Teachers of the Year.

"These five wonderful teachers have shown the kind of skill, passion, and dedication that exemplify the very best of the most important, most demanding, and most rewarding profession there is: teaching," said state Superintendent Tom Torlakson of Mr. Goldenberg and the four other 2013 California Teachers of the Year. "I congratulate and thank them all for the work they are doing to brighten the future of their students and our state."

Goldenberg has taught Advanced Placement and honors classes in world history at Arnold O. Beckman High School since 2005. His prior experience includes teaching world history at A.G. Currie Middle School and teaching on special assignment at Tustin Unified School District. He also has extensive experience providing staff development, mentorships, and training for other teachers.

"Mr. Goldenberg makes history come alive for his students that makes them feel engaged and eager to learn," Superintendent Torlakson, added. "He sees his career as a calling to serve his country in a profession that has meaning. Every school day, he teaches as if it's a wonderful opportunity to make a difference in the lives of his students."

The California Teachers of the Year Program began in 1972. It is open annually to public educators teaching prekindergarten through 12th grade. County offices of education throughout the state nominate the winners of their regional Teachers of the Year competitions. A state selection committee then reviews county candidates' applications and conducts site visits to evaluate their rapport with students, their classroom environment, presentation skills, teaching methods and other key criteria. Candidates are next interviewed at the California Department of Education before the State Superintendent selects the five awardees.

To date, Mr. Goldenberg is the eighth National University alumnus to be named California Teacher of the Year and the sixth to be named Orange County Teacher of the Year. One alumna, Sandra McBrayer, advanced from California Teacher of the Year to be named National Teacher of the Year for 1994-1995.

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