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KBAY Teacher of The Month

The October KBAY Teacher of the Month is Shannon Engle who has been been named the SVEF Teacher of the Year. 

SVEF Names Annual Teacher of the Year
Shannon Engle has been named the Silicon Valley Education Foundation Teacher of the Year for her work with SVEF’s summer Elevate [Math] program and the ongoing after-school Elevate [Math] Plus program. During the regular school year, she teaches at August Boeger Middle School in the Mt. Pleasant District. She was honored at the October 1st Pioneers & Purpose annual dinner held by SVEF.

“This summer I worked with incoming 8th grade students.  In the SVEF program, Elevate [Math], our goal was to strengthen their Algebra skills and introduce them to Transformational Geometry.  It was an interesting year since this is the first time we have taught this curriculum. We try to encourage students to know more about college and the opportunities college provides.  We discuss the UC/CSU A-G requirements in high school to help get students on the right path for college.”

“I also teach an after-school class, which is also sponsored by the SVEF Foundation.  The Elevate [Math] Plus program is offered two days a week, after-school for an hour and a half.  In this program we solve real life math problems, work on collaboration, hands on projects, technology, and learn how relative math is in our lives.”

August Boeger Middle School
“I teach at a great school in a wonderful community located in East San Jose! My school’s student population is approximately 60% English Language Learners, with over 80% of our students identified as low socio-economic.  I teach 3 periods of Algebra to 8th grade students, one period of Common Core Math to 7th grade students, and one period of Common Core Compact to 7th grade students.  My compact class is a transition class to help students transition to High School Course 1 as 8th grade students.  I also have a Homeroom class.  In our school, we teach our homeroom students about social skills, how to be successful in school, ways to deal with conflict, and other common issues teenagers deal with.”

The ongoing classroom challenge
“I would say a challenge with the 7th and 8th grade levels is the range of skills my students come with, and being able to differentiate my teaching to meet all their needs.  Another challenge is finding the balance between pushing them, but also being cautious of their social and emotional needs in the classroom.  The more secure they feel in a school setting, the better they learn.”

About Shannon
“I currently teach 7th and 8th grade math at August Boeger Middle School, I have been teaching for 4 years at August Boeger.  Previously I taught 8th grade in the South Bronx, New York City for 5 years.  I earned my Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with an emphasis in math, and a Master of Science in Secondary Education with an emphasis in math.  Both of my degrees are from Saint John’s University in New York.  I went to school and lived in New York City for about ten years, and played volleyball at Saint John’s University.”
“I love everything about teaching.  I love helping the students become comfortable with math and even start to love it.  So many 7th and 8th graders come to class either hating math or being terrified of it.  I love seeing the transformation throughout the school year.  It is a great feeling being a part of that transformation.  I love seeing my students have that light bulb moment when everything clicks.  Besides academics, my favorite part of teaching is seeing the students find who they are as people.  Middle school can be an awkward time for many students, and it is nice helping students find their pathway.”

“I love helping the students become comfortable with math and even start to love it.”

 The Teacher of the Month received $1,000 Grant courtesy of Silicon Valley Education Foundation!

There are hundreds of teaching innovation stories in the Silicon Valley; stories of teachers who keep a solid foundation of learning in their classrooms, then go the extra distance to inspire kids in ways that will take with them into the real world. Check out some of the past recipients of $500 Teacher Innovation Grants:


Fadi Saba August 2012
Fadi Saba

Luther Burbank School District


Maria Tam June 2012
Maria Tam
8th Grade Teacher
Thomas Russell Middle school
Milpitas Unified School District


Susanne Pribyl May 2012
E. Susanne Pribyl
Physics and Chemistry Teacher
Gilroy High School
Gilroy Unified’s new Christopher High School


Ivy Nguyen January 2012
Ivy Nguyen
3rd Grade Teacher
Cherrywood Elementary School
Berryessa Union School District


Rick Carreiro December 2011
Rick Carreiro
11th-12th Grade Teacher
San Jose High School Plus
San Jose Unified School District


Kim Munoz November 2011
Kim Muñoz
Primary Grade Teacher
Blackford Elementary School
Campbell Union High School District

Click here to see more of our past Teachers of the Month!

About Silicon Valley Education Foundation

As a leading non-profit resource and advocate for students, educators and administrators, Silicon Valley Education Foundation is dedicated to elevating scholastic achievement. Since 2006, more than 750 Teacher Innovation Grants have been awarded to local educators to inspire student learning in and outside of classrooms. SVEF’s mission is to make Silicon Valley the leader in academically prepared high school graduates.

How Can I Support Public Education?

Our local community’s vision is a technologically, innovative Silicon Valley where public school investment results in a strong and sustainable economy and a future workforce is created from local talent. Today, nearly 50% of high school graduates in Santa Clara County are not eligible to attend a four-year California university. SVEF is working with schools to reverse this trend by offering critical math and science programs to prepare students for college and career success. Make a difference in the lives of Silicon Valley students by donating to these crucial programs.

The continued improvement of student achievement in public education relies upon the generosity of our donors and partners. To find out more about how you can help SVEF academically prepare more Silicon Valley students for future success, visit www.svefoundation.org.


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