Daniel Crenshaw, an acclaimed Rosemont High School teacher, was surprised Thursday morning when he received $2,000 of gifts and memorabilia during his first class session of the school year, in celebration of a new math campaign.
Earlier this summer, Crenshaw was named one of the Sacramento Unified School District’s Teachers of the Year. Crenshaw, a 33-year-old math teacher was honored Thursday for his dedication to the subject as the Sacramento City Unified School District kicks off their “With Math I Can” campaign to challenge long-held beliefs about math.
Gabe Ross, the district’s communication officer, said there is a myth that people are either good or bad at math.
“There are two components (of the campaign.) The community will be given resources to engage in this shift in thinking around math,” Ross said. “The other part is operational. It’s about providing the teachers with tools and support to help them work with kids … when they are faced with a kid who is struggling. Kids can get better with coaching and support.”
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Members of the school district’s board, Sacramento Kings’ dancers and mascot Slamson marched into Crenshaw’s 8 a.m. class to present him the gift basket, along with a surprise from Dinger, the Sacramento River Cats’ mascot.
“We can’t say enough good things about you,” said Superintendent Jose Banda said as he presented the gifts to Crenshaw.
Crenshaw shares the teacher of the year title with Phoebe Hearst Elementary School kindergarten instructor Carrie Meagher Relles, who will be similarly honored later Thursday.