• The 2014 Blackboard Awards For Teachers: Event Photos

    See a photo slideshow from the 2014 Blackboard Awards for Teachers ceremony at Scholastic


    On Monday, June 2, the 2014 Blackboard Awards For Teachers honored 15 of the finest educators in the city at a special ceremony at Scholastic’s headquarters in Manhattan.  Dana Points, the editor-in-chief of Parents and American Baby magazines, was the emcee. In addition to Scholastic, the sponsors included the United Federation Of Teachers (UFT), the City University of New York (CUNY), Yorkville Youth Athletic Association, The New School, and School Search Solutions, a division of the School Choice Group.

    The slideshow below contains a selection of photos capturing special moments from the Awards’ ceremony. All photos are by Andrew Schwartz.

    To learn more about our spring 2014 honorees, click HERE.

    Please note: We welcome and encourage parent nominations all year long; to nominate a school, principal, teacher, or guidance counselor visit blackboardawards.com.

    • IMG_9869The 2014 Blackboard Awards for Teachers--about to begin!

    • IMG_9931The Awards began with a brief musical interlude from four members of the Robert Wagner Middle School Jazz Band--they are: Lucas Bargebuhr (sax); Misha Firstein-Rudder (clarinet); Jake O'Brien (sax); and Jackson Siporin (sax).

    • IMG_9945New York Family editor Eric Messinger welcomes honorees and guests to the 2014 Blackboard Awards for Teachers.

    • IMG_9961The night's emcee, Dana Points, editor-in-chief of Parents and American Baby, shares a bit about her work and her personal connection to education and family.

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      Fran Vogel, who is the Band Director and chair of the Music Department at MS 167--The Robert F. Wagner Middle School (whose band kicked off the evening) accepts her award and poses with Eric Messigner and Dana Points.

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      Heather Mesiner, a 1st grade G & T teacher at PS 198, accepts her Blackboard Award.

    • IMG_9993Heather Meisner strikes a pose with Eric Messinger and Dana Points.

    • IMG_0007Lisa Schalk, a nursery school teacher at Chelsea Day School, accepts her Blackboard Award.

    • IMG_0011Lisa Schalk poses with her Blackboard Award, alongside Eric Messinger, Dana Points, and (second from right and far right) Laila Plamondon and Roselyn Drake from School Search Solutions--who presented the award to her.

    • IMG_0046Eileen Shostack, a 74-year-old 5th grade and special education teacher at PS 75 on the Upper West Side (who has been teaching for 44 years), accepts her Blackboard Award--which was presented to her by Sterling Roberson (second from right), the UFT's VP for Career & Technical Education High Schools.

    • IMG_0060Kristen Smith, a science teacher for grades 6-8 at the Computer School, accepts her Blackboard Award alongside Eric Messinger, Dana Points, and the UFT's Sterling Roberston (who presented the Award to her).

    • IMG_0063Dana Kaplan, a Kindergarten teacher at PS 33--Chelsea Prep, accepts her Blackboard Award.

    • IMG_0077Dana Kapan poses with her Blackboard Award alongside Eric Messinger and Dana Points.

    • IMG_0098Dennis Sullivan, a Latin teacher for grades 5-8 and acting athletic director at Saint Ignatius Loyola, accepts his Blackboard Award.

    • IMG_0106Dennis Sullivan poses with his Blackboard Award alongside Eric Messinger and Dana Points.

    • IMG_0115Last year for the first time the Blackboard Awards honored several amazing guidance counselors along with all of the deserving teachers. Heather Fomin, of The New School, presents the first of two Blackboard Awards for guidance counselors to Karey Boals, of the Chapin School.

    • IMG_0120Karey Boals, a high school guidance counselor from the Chapin School, accepts her Blackboard Award.

    • IMG_0132Karey Boals poses with her Blackboard Award alongside Eric Messinger, the New School's Heather Fomin, and Dana Points.

    • IMG_0162Evan Burns, a 9th grade writing teacher from Democracy Prep Charter High School, accepts his Blackboard Award.

    • IMG_0167Evan Burns poses with his Blackboard Award alongside Eric Messinger, CUNY's Robert Agyemang (who presented the Award to him), and Dana Points.

    • IMG_0168Dr. Katarina Klaf, a math and science teacher for grades 1-5 at the Lower Lab School, accepts her Blackboard Award.

    • IMG_0187Dr. Katarina Klaf poses with her Blackboard Award alongside Eric Messinger and Dana Points.

    • IMG_0203Willie DeVargas, a music teacher at Little Missionary's Day Nursery, brings his guitar on stage to accept his Blackboard Award.

    • IMG_0217Willie DeVargas strikes a pose with his Blackboard Award alongside Eric Messinger and Dana Points.

    • IMG_0223Nicole DeVault, a teacher of French, art, and Everyday Ethics for grades K-5 at the Alexander Robertson School, accepts her Blackboard Award.

    • IMG_0248Sarah Liogys, a lower school counselor for grades K-5 at NEST+m, accepts her Blackboard Award alongside Eric Messinger and Dana Points.

    • IMG_0253Laura Resnick, a 4th grade teacher at PS 87, hangs with some of her students before accepting her Blackboard Award.

    • IMG_0263Laura Resnick accepts her Blackboard Award with support from some of her students from PS 87.

    • IMG_0282Manhattan Borough President Gayle Brewer presents the Beacon School's Bayard Faithfull with his Blackboard Award.

    • IMG_0308Bayard Faithfull, a social studies teacher for grades 9 and 12 at the Beacon School, accepts his Blackboard Award.

    • IMG_0326Bayard Faithfull poses with his Blackboard Award alongside Eric Messinger, Manhattan Borough President Gayle Brewer, and Dana Points. 

    • IMG_9884Bayard Faithfull celebrates his Blackboard Award with some of his students from the Beacon School.
    • IMG_9893Fran Vogel celebrates her Blackboard Award with her students (and Jazz Band members) from Robert Wagner Middle School.
    • IMG_0336Laura Resnick cracks a smile with a big group of PS 87 students after the Blackboard Awards Ceremony!