The 2017-2018 Blackboard Awards For Schools & Principals

On Monday, December 4, the 2017-2018 Blackboard Awards for Schools and Principals, presented by New York Family, honored 15 of the city’s finest schools and principals in a special ceremony at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT). Jackie Made, a multimedia editor and staff writer for The Hechinger Report, was the co-host, along with Jonathan Moore, president of Family Media, and Mia Weber, the executive editor of New York Family. The event was sponsored in part by Bright KidsDK, NYIT, and the Yorkville Youth Athletic Association. Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer were both on-hand to each present an Award.

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 winter, 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 2018 Blackboard Awards for Teachers coming up next, we would especially welcome nominations for wonderful teachers right now).

And the 2017-2018 Blackboard Awards for Schools & Principals Honorees are:

Brooklyn Urban Garden Charter School (BUGS)
Executive Director & Co-Founder: Susan Tenner
Founding Principal: Linda Rosenbury

Columbus Pre-School
Principal: Julie Kandall

Dr. Richard Izquierdo Health & Science Charter School
Principal: Richard Burke

East Side Elementary School – PS 267
Principal: Medea McEvoy

The Eubie Blake School – PS 25
Principal Anita M. Coley

High School for Environmental Studies
Principal: Amber Najmi-Shadid

Institute for Health Professions at Cambria Heights
Principal: Gareth Robinson

The Lower Lab School – PS 77
Principal: Sandra G. Miller

The Neighborhood School – PS 363
Principal: Dyanthe Spielberg

Nord Anglia International School New York
Principal: Craig Halsall

Our Lady of Pompeii School
Principal: Sr. Diane Mastroianni, ASCJ

Reece School
Executive Director: Dr. Duncan Lester

Saint Saviour High School
Principal: Dr. Paula McKeown

The Studio School
Principal: Janet C. Rotter

Yorkville Community School – PS 151
Principal: Samantha Kaplan