Pearson Congratulates San Diego Teacher on Lifetime Achievement Award from People to People International

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Forward-thinking Educator, Eugene Yee, Committed to Improving Local Schools

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The education services and technology company Pearson congratulates Eugene (Gene) Yee, a fourth-grade teacher at Chula Vista Public Schools on receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from People to People International (PTPI) today at the organization's Symposium on Peace and Conflict in Phoenix, Arizona.

For more than 50 years, Yee has supported PTPI, a non-profit organization devoted to enhancing international understanding and friendship through educational, cultural and humanitarian activities. His work with PTPI started at ten years old, when he became a pen pal with youth in Argentina, and has continued ever since. He has served as a facilitator for middle school students at multiple PTPI World Leadership Forums, and he presented on the power of teaching technology in 2006 at the organization's U.S.-China Education Conference.

As a teacher, Yee is committed to helping elementary school students throughout the San Diego area personalize their learning with access to the latest education technology and digital instructional tools. Yee's students at Hedenkamp Elementary School supplement their core instruction throughout the year with the SuccessMaker adaptive digital learning program for K-8 students. And, over the years his students have seen continued achievement gains, jumping at least one year of academic progress for each 20 hours spent logged on to the program.

This success resulted in Yee pushing for an extension of learning beyond the walls of his classroom, bringing a summer school program to Chula Vista this year that enabled elementary students to access the SuccessMaker program at home for the first time.

"Gene is one of a kind. I have never seen anyone so dedicated to helping improve the lives of others. As a teacher, he sees technology in the classroom as more than just a computer station here and there, but as a true learning environment through which students can receive individualized instruction that is based on their own learning needs and goals. All of us at Pearson commend Gene as he receives this well-deserved honor from People to People International. We also applaud his lifelong commitment to education," said Pearson Digital Learning Vice President, Karl Gustafson.

Yee also works closely with the Technology Training Foundation of America (TTFA) Computer Donation Program that utilizes public/private partnerships to donate technology to classrooms in underserved communities in California.

Yee was honored today in conjunction with President Nelson Mandela who received the Eisenhower Medallion, an award given to individuals or organizations that make an exceptional contribution to peace and understanding over a period of at least five years. Mendela's daughter, Zinziswa Nobuto Mandela, accepted the award on behalf of her father.

Businesswoman, philanthropist and humanitarian Cindy McCain was also honored with the PTPI's 2010 President's Award, which recognizes an individual who has demonstrated the ideals set forth in the organization's mission.

For more information about People to People International, visit

About Pearson
Pearson (NYSE:PSO), the global leader in education, teacher training, education technology and school solutions, provides innovative print and digital education materials for preK through college, student information systems and learning management systems, teacher professional development, career certification programs, and testing and assessment products that set the standard for the industry. Pearson's other primary businesses include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group. For more information about Pearson School, go to

About People to People International
People to People International (PTPI), with World Headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri USA, was established by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on September 11, 1956 to enhance international understanding and friendship through educational, cultural and humanitarian activities involving the exchange of ideas and experiences directly among peoples of different countries and diverse cultures. Today, as a NGO with a U.S., not-for-profit (501(c)(3)) tax rating, PTPI has a presence in 135 countries with more than 80,000 families and individuals actively participating in People to People International programs. Please visit for more information.

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