Due to academic infighting and petty jealousy, Escalante left Garfield High School at the height of his success and Angelo Villavicencio took over the program after Escalante’s departure, teaching the remaining 107 AP students in two classes over the following year. Sixty-seven of Villavicencio’s students went on to take the AP exam and forty-seven passed. The math program’s decline at Garfield became apparent following the departure of Escalante and other teachers associated with its inception and development. In just a few years, the number of AP calculus students at Garfield who passed their exams dropped by more than 80%. In 1996, Villavicencio contacted Garfield’s new principal, Tony Garcia, and offered to come back to help revive the dying calculus program. His offer was rejected.
Final Resting Place:
Rose Hills Memorial Park
3888 Workman Mill Road
Whittier, California, 90601
Grave Location:Lakeside Gardens, Section 18, Lot 3914, Grave 3
Grave Location Description
Make your way to the Rose Hills Cemetery Flower Shop just inside Gate 1 near the intersection of Workman Mill Road and Rose Hills Road. As you enter the cemetery turn left and curve around and turn right at the first chance and drive 200 feet and stop. Walk towards the lake to your right and the former educator can be found about 50 feet from the lake shore.
Grave Location GPS34.0131156841, -118.049315333
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