Alhambra Public School Teacher Honored by National Organization

Receives $5,000 award and story by award-winning journalist, Vanessa de la Torre

Washington, DC - April 1, 2019

May Ng, a teacher at Mark Keppel High School in Alhambra, California, has been given the prestigious national Honored teaching award for April.  As part of her honor, Ng received a $5,000 cash award and a $1,000 gift card, and she was profiled by award-winning journalist Vanessa de la Torre of Connecticut Public Radio.

Ng spent most of her academic life preparing to become a doctor.  A daughter of immigrants from Hong Kong, Ng grew up in the Koreatown neighborhood of Los Angeles and moved with her parents to Alhambra after the 1992 Los Angeles riots.  Ng attended a health science magnet high school and then enrolled at the University of California, Los Angeles on the pre-med track. Despite a full courseload, she would drive on Saturday mornings to the University of Southern California to tutor and mentor younger students who arrived on buses from all corners of the city.  Ng’s love and talent for teaching was immediately obvious even to her professors. In a conversation about what medical specialty she might choose, her mentor encouraged her to follow her passion into teaching. “Doctors save lives,” he told her. “But teachers shape them.” “When he told me that, it just clicked,” Ng recalled. “It’s like, what am I doing?”

Ng has now been teaching for 17 years at Mark Keppel High School.  She teaches freshman biology, honors biology, and statistics, and is famous around campus for igniting a passion for the sciences in her students.  “You start to see that whole spark in the eyes of a student who just realized, ‘I get it,’” Ng said. “‘The way you explained it to me, I can see how to do it myself.’  That, to me, is most rewarding.”

Read the full story of May Ng and the student who nominated her for the Honored award, Sophia Dimas, at

About Honored

Honored is a nonprofit organization dedicated to keeping great teachers in the classroom and to inspiring a new generation of talent to pursue teaching.  Each month, Honored shines a spotlight on a teacher who has changed the life of a single student.  The Honoree receives a $5,000 cash award, and Honored partners with a world-class writer to tell their story.  Honorees are selected from K-12 teachers of all subjects at public, private and charter schools across the country.  Honored’s National Advisory Board includes luminaries such as the internationally best-selling author Michael Lewis, founder Charles Best, Teach For America founder Wendy Kopp, and FEED cofounder Lauren Bush Lauren.

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