Two teachers are finalists for presidential award

November 12, 2013

Danielle Maletta has many students who have left her classroom and put their knowledge in mathematics to use in college engineering programs, but those upper-echelon students aren’t typically who fuel her desire for teaching.

“What I’m really passionate about are the kids who are struggling learners in mathematics,” said Maletta, who is in her sixth year at Eastside Catholic School.

By Neil Pierson Skyline High School’s Gretel von Bargen has been recognized as one of Washington’s top science teachers by a group of content experts and colleagues.

By Neil Pierson
Skyline High School’s Gretel von Bargen has been recognized as one of Washington’s top science teachers by a group of content experts and colleagues.

“Really, my goal for them is SAT success, college math placement success, and being able to take college-level math, not necessarily that they become a math major or a physics major. My goal is to get them to the next level, and if along the way I can get them to see connections, and get them to see that math is exciting and illuminating, then I’ve won.”

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