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Sam Calavitta energizes a Fairmont Preparatory Academy calculus class with his unconventional teaching methods. His classes are noisy and spirited; boredom is banished. Last year his students earned an average score of 4.79 out of 5 on the college-level AP calculus test.

( Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times / February 25, 2009 )

Sam Calavitta energizes a Fairmont Preparatory Academy calculus class with his unconventional teaching methods. His classes are noisy and spirited; boredom is banished. Last year his students earned an average score of 4.79 out of 5 on the college-level AP calculus test.

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