2016-2017 Blackboard Awards For Schools & Principals

BBA_HONOREES_2016_WEBOn Monday, December 5, the 2016-2017 Blackboard Awards For Schools and Principals, presented by New York Family, honored 14 of the city’s finest schools and principals in a special ceremony at the the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT). Matthew Bruderle, a program manager at The Hechinger Report, was the co-host, along with Eric Messinger, the editor of New York Family. The event was sponsored in part by Bright KidsDK, NYIT, Northwell-GoHealth Urgent Care, Smart City Kids, and the Yorkville Youth Athletic Association.

The Blackboard Awards honor excellence in local education in all sectors (public, private, charter, and parochial), and all grade levels (nursery through high school). The annual schools and principals’ ceremony is in the fall, and the annual teachers’ ceremony in the spring. Parents are welcome and encouraged to nominate their beloved schools and educators, and we typically hear from several thousand local families in the course of the year. We also have a board of advisors, experts in local education, who make recommendations as well (in fact, with the 2017 Blackboard Awards for Teachers coming up next, we would especially welcome nominations for wonderful teachers right now).

To see a video of this year’s Awards, scroll to the bottom of this post.

And the 2016-2017 Blackboard Awards for Schools & Principals Honorees are:

92 Y Nursery School
Director: Ellen Birnbaum
Associate Director: Shereen Rutman

The Calhoun School
Head Of School: Steven Nelson

Columbia Secondary School For Math Science & Engineering
Principal: Miriam Nightengale

East Side Community School
Principal: Mark Federman

Food And Finance High School
Principal: Roger Turgeon

Growing Up Green Charter School
Founder & Executive Director: Matthew Greenberg
Co-Heads of the Elementary School: Brittany Tuber & Lauren Barkan
Head of the Middle School: Jennifer Slutak
Associate Head of the Middle School: Steve Viola

Manhattan Village Academy
Principal: Hector Geager

Mott Hall Bridges Academy
Principal: Nadia Lopez

Mott Haven Academy Charter School
Principal & Founder: Jessica Nauiokas
Assistant Principal: Ashlyn Field

PS 31 – Samuel F. Dupont Magnet School for the Arts and Humanities
Principal: Mary Scarlato

PS 290 –Manhattan New School
Principal: Doreen Esposito

Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan
Head of School: Benjamin Mann

St. Ann, The Personal School
Principal: Hope Mueller

TriBeCa Community School
Founder: Ayala Marcktell
Principal: Kristen Pallonetti

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