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NU grad selected for top honor

Genevieve Marie Finch, a graduate of Nevada Union High School, has been selected the 2006 Outstanding Graduate for the College of Education at California State University, Long Beach.

Finch, the daughter of Stephen and Beverly Finch, will be recognized during the College of Education’s commencement exercises, on Thursday.

She will be receiving a bachelor’s of arts degree in liberal studies and her multiple subject teaching credential from the university.



During her studies, Finch maintained a 4.0 grade-point average while spending more than 1,000 hours in classrooms. She has taught science to students in third through eighth grade and currently, she is in a long-term substitution position, teaching second grade at Tucker Elementary School in Long Beach.

“I have absolutely no doubt that Genevieve Finch will be an amazing teacher. I also have no doubt at all that she is going to meaningfully incorporate science into her elementary classroom,” wrote Laura Henriques, associate professor of science education, in her letter nominating Finch for the award. “She has already demonstrated her ability to do so and her interest in doing so. She is able to articulate the value of science in the K-6 classroom. She will be a teacher-leader in her school and she will be an example to others about how to teach science.”




Because her early work in the classroom was so impressive, Finch received the 2005 Future Science Teacher Award from the California Science Teachers Association. The award recognizes college students who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to science education through volunteer, teaching and professional organization activities. It also recognized students who show promise to become outstanding science educators.

Additionally, she is the student representative on the college’s Strategic Planning Committee, the Administrative Council, the Technology Committee and the Viffie Milstead Jones Committee. She has received numerous scholarships and honors from the College of Education. In addition to her degree, she receives her Professional Multiple Subject Teaching Credential in May 2006.

Finch, who is getting married in August, hopes to be teaching in a permanent position at an elementary school in the fall. After she teaches for a few years, she is planning to return to CSULB to get a master’s degree in education administration with the goal of becoming a principal someday.


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