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Honoring the Unsung Heroes: One LAUTR mentor's work in an AP Calculus Classroom

Congratulations are in order to our LAUTR (Los Angeles Urban Teacher Residency) Mentor Teacher, Mr. Anthony Yom, for holding a record of preparing his students to pass the AP Calculus exam for three consecutive years.

Mr. Yom is a talented educator whose dedication and excitement for teaching is contagious. Mr. Yom credits LAUTR for part of his success. He feels that the additional support his students receive from the Resident Teacher in his classroom has provided him with much needed time to focus on the AP Calculus class.

Recently, Mr. Yom has been in the spotlight because Cedrick Argueta the senior from Lincoln High School in Los Angeles, an urban comprehensive high school that serves predominantly low-income Latino and Asian student, is one of twelve students worldwide who received a perfect score on his AP Calculus exam. That in it of itself is amazing and there is no doubt this child is extraordinarily talented in math.

However, this achievement also reflects the skill of his math teacher, Mr. Anthony Yom, who taught Cedrick from his freshman year. Mr. Yom is approachable, no-nonsense, enthusiastic, and committed teacher whose classes average 25 students per class. He works tirelessly to make sure that his students succeed and understand the mathematical concepts behind the procedural process for solving problems.

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As LAUTR Residency Director, I have had the privilege of working with Mr. Yom for the past four years and can attest to his dedication and commitment to the success of all his students. As a mentor at Los Angeles Urban Teacher Residency, he has helped shape our program and he has prepared teacher residents who consistently thrive their first year of teaching. Mr. Yom tackles his mentoring as he does his teaching providing his Resident Teachers with ample opportunities to try new things and deep reflection about student learning.

Mr. Yom is a great example of a teacher who does amazing things but whose efforts often go unnoticed.

You can learn more here: http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-0103-lopez-yom-teacher-20160201-column.html