The school’s IB program produced honors for eighth-grader Hannah Bloom, who earned the Outstanding IB Student (K-12) of the Year title from the California Association of IB World Schools and English teacher Carren Lindsay-Dial, who was named as the state’s International Baccalaureate Educator of the Year by the same organization.
Both student and teacher will receive a $1,000 award at the state’s IB Conference in Irvine next month.
“I’m fairly certain that intelligence and overachieving genes have skipped a generation,” said Bloom’s father, Evan. “Hannah is very excited but she still isn’t comfortable talking about herself and is still learning to take compliments.”
Evan Bloom also attended Pacific Beach Middle School and graduated from Mission Bay High School in 1981.
Hannah’s portfolio includes a 4.0 grade-point average, along with more than 200 hours of community service hours and participation in softball programs. Her community service time includes volunteering at the Wesley Palms retirement facility, the local recreation center and helping to maintain local softball fields.
“Hannah will be attending Mission Bay High School in the fall and would like to go to Stanford one day and become an architect or engineer and she is also open to becoming a professional softball player,” said Evan Bloom.
Lindsay-Dial has been a teacher at Pacific Beach Middle School since 1984, accepting the assignment as her first teaching job after college.
Lindsay-Dial, herself an alum of PB Middle School, said she believes her teaching style is more interactive, which she thinks helps students become more interested in the subject matter.
“I try to pull myself away from the textbooks as much as possible while staying within the state guidelines,” Lindsay-Dial said. “We want the kids to be aware of what is happening worldwide for children their age, such as child labor and child soldiers. The purpose is to help them understand what a good life they have and not take anything for granted.”
According to the mission statement for the PBMS International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme, its purpose is to “find a sense of belonging in an ever-changing and increasingly interrelated world around them and foster a positive attitude about learning.”
The curriculum for the Middle Years Programme includes learning their native language, a second language, humanities, science, mathematics, arts, physical education and technology.
The IB program was founded in 1968 and has more than 3,000 schools in 141 countries. Pacific Beach Middle School became an IB program in August 2007. Lindsay-Dial is the second teacher from PBMS to win the Middle Years Programme award after Daniel Sloan was honored with similar accolades in 2008.