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McBride Has Top Engineering Teacher

McBride High School teacher Charise Williams accepted the statewide Engineering Teacher of the Year Award recently from the nonprofit Project Lead the Way.

PLTW is a leading provider of science, technology, engineering and math curriculum.  The curriculum is used at McBride as well as at Cabrillo High School and the California Academy of Mathematics and Science.  Williams worked at Cabrillo for 10 years and then at CAMS for seven years before arriving at McBride when the school opened last fall.  She’s a nationwide master teacher for PLTW, and she’s the Long Beach Unified School District’s lead PLTW engineering teacher, training teachers here and throughout the nation on how to teach Introduction to Engineering Design.

“She has done a remarkable job at McBride, starting from scratch, and she helps support teachers throughout LBUSD,” said McBride Principal Steve Rockenbach.

Williams was nominated by her peers and accepted the honor at the California PLTW State Conference in Sacramento, where nearly 500 educators, administrators, business leaders and policymakers attended.

“I was totally shocked when I found out,” said Williams, whose colleagues from Cabrillo and CAMS were on hand to watch her receive the honor.

“That was the best,” Williams said, “because these teachers were there with me, and we’ve all done this together.”

McBride High’s curriculum includes California State University and University of California entrance requirements, with an emphasis on real-world training in three high-demand career pathways: Health and Medical, Public Services and Forensics, and Engineering.

The engineering pathway includes a four-year sequence of courses, allowing students to design innovative products using industry standard software and the latest machining processes and tools.

Learn more at pltw.org.