Campus: CSU Stanislaus -- December 09, 2002
California Teacher of the Year Earned Credential
at CSU Stanislaus
Anne Marie Bergen, who received her teaching credential at California
State University, Stanislaus and has distinguished herself as a science
instructor at Oakdale’s elementary schools, has been named one
of five California Teachers of the Year.
Bergen will receive her award January 8 at the state Board of Education
meeting in Sacramento.
“It’s an amazing honor,” Bergen said. “This
will give me an opportunity to share my enthusiasm for science education.
I love what I do and feel privileged to work with youth. Teaching is
a great opportunity to use your skills and touch lives. For me, the
energy I put into teaching comes back to me from students many times
Bergen said she planned to become a biologist until an internship with
Foothill Horizons outdoor education program near Sonora turned her on
to a teaching career. She met CSU Stanislaus teacher education professor
Kathleen Galbo and an interest in teaching “clicked,” Bergen
Bergen, who lives in the Tuolumne County community of Columbia, earned
her teaching credential at CSU Stanislaus in 1988.
“I was working with Kathleen Galbo on some independent study work
and she was a fantastic teacher, so I came to Stanislaus,” Bergen
Galbo said Bergen is “a bright light everywhere she goes,”
noting that she cares about students and inspires success with her positive
“The energy she brings to the classroom is contagious,”
Galbo said. “We have learned as much from her as she did from
Bergen splits her time among Oakdale elementary schools teaching science,
guiding students through classroom experiments and demonstrations while
promoting enthusiasm for science topics. She calls on volunteers from
the business community to judge the Oakdale School District’s
annual science fair.
Contact: Don Hansen (209) 667-3997