DCI Hall of Famer George Oliviero, a longtime DCI visual judge, was recently named "Teacher of the Year" of the New Haven Unified School District in California. The New Haven Unified School District is located in the San Francisco Bay Area and serves Union City and South Hayward, Calif. Oliviero teaches math at James Logan High School, and has been a key player in the evolution of the entire district's math program, according to a statement by the district. The statement said, "George has dedicated over 38 years of his life to his first love, teaching. He is a valued, experienced math teacher and colleague. During his six-year tenure at Logan, George has served as the math department head for the last two years, as a member of the WASC steering committee, and the high school/middle school algebra
committee for the past four years. "His help in articulation of algebra between the middle and high schools has resulted in collaborative efforts for curriculum revision, textbook review and adoption. "George has worked tirelessly as the math leader, pulling the department together as a team, developing math area subgroups that have created yearly calendars, reviewed textbooks, revised curriculum, and developed departmental semester exams. "George is an outstanding educator. He creates an open and inviting classroom atmosphere where students feel free to take risks, express their thoughts and truly believe that with his help they can succeed. George's keen wit infuses humor that helps bring laughter to learning, along with his teaching repertoire of techniques and strategies, helps students with understanding of concepts and fosters accountability for their own learning."