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The 2016 Blackboard Awards For Teachers


On Monday, June 6, the 2016 Blackboard Awards For Teachers, presented by New York Family, honored 17 of the city’s finest teachers (from 14 great schools) in a special ceremony at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT). Cynthia Rivera Weissblum, President & CEO of the Edwin Gould Foundation, was the co-host, along with Eric Messinger, the editor of New York Family. The event was sponsored in part by the Edwin Gould Foundation, Kumon, Manhattan Media, New York Family, NYIT, Smart City Kids, the United Federation of Teachers, 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 is 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 made up of experts in local education who make recommendations as well.

And the 2016 Blackboard Awards for Teachers Honorees are:

Dr. Mark Aschenbrand
Robert F. Wagner Middle School–M.S. 167

Lilly Backer
Poppyseed Pre-Nursery

Kelly Baxter
DREAM Charter School

Josh Behar
Booker T. Washington–M.S. 54

Noah Gordon
Special Music School at Kaufman Music Center

Jeanne Graham
Beginnings Nursery School

Ann Marie Hourigan
The British International School of New York

Thomas Jones
NYC iSchool–H.S. 376

Adam Grant Kelley
Battery Park City School–P.S. 276

Molida Khuon
International School of Brooklyn

Diana Lambert
Simon Baruch Middle School–M.S. 104

Caroline Latham, Tanya Lerch, Kieran Peers & Aubree Stephens
Convent of the Sacred Heart

Kelly Schmidt
St. Stephen of Hungary School

Nekia Wise
Beekman Hill International School–P.S. 59

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