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Blackboard Awards: Sammie Smith, A Passion for Writing, Theater and Latin

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By Teresa Tomassoni Teaching was never a dream of Sammie Smith’s. Growing up in Joplin, Mo., she thought she would go into medicine or law. But halfway through her pre-med coursework at Washington University, Smith had had enough of professors’ attempts to weed people out. She longed for a more supportive environment and decided to [&hellip
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Blackboard Awards: Jonathan Goldman, Beacon Students Remember Jon, Their Inspirational Teacher

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By Laura Shin Later this month, the library at The Beacon School on the Upper West Side will be renamed The Jonathan Goldman Memorial Library, after an English teacher many say had a profound impact on the school and his many students over the years. “Mr. Goldman taught lasting lessons that stay with me some [&hellip
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Blackboard Awards: Susie Kavanaugh She Empties the Classroom Before Filling Their Minds

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By Joanna Fantozzi When Susie Kavanaugh began teaching fifth grade at Corlears Elementary School on West 15th Street, she requested an empty classroom. When students walked in, they found a classroom devoid of all furniture and materials, save for a couch. The students had to figure out how to raise money and build the furniture [&hellip
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Blackboard Awards: Lindsay Werner, Life Lessons from the South Side to the Upper East Side

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By Stephen Santulli Lindsay Werner’s third-grade students read classics and Shakespeare. They can predict how much money their lemonade stand will take in on a particular day based on the temperature outside. These are some of the advantages of teaching in the rarefied setting of Philosophy Day School, a small private school of about 150 [&hellip
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Blackboard Awards: Tonia Percy, Second Graders Are Happy to See a Familiar Face

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By Ellen Keohane In high school, Tonia Percy aspired to be on stage. “I went to the Yale School of Drama for a summer program,” she said. Professors there encouraged her talent but questioned if she’d be able to deal with the constant rejection most actors face. “They said, ‘Really think about other professions in [&hellip
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Blackboard Awards: Lisa Harrelson, She Cheers Students and They Return the Favor

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By Teresa Tomassoni For six years, Houston native Lisa Harrelson worked 90-hour weeks as an accountant and an extra two hours as a Sunday school teacher. When she realized those two hours were the best part of her week, she decided to make a career switch. Since earning her master’s degree in education from the [&hellip
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Blackboard Awards: Cara Beseda, She’ll Give a Student the Socks Off Her Feet

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By Laura Shin At the start of each school day, students in Cara Beseda’s kindergarten class at P.S. 87 sit in a circle and share something that is going on in their lives, whether it is an upcoming dentist appointment, a dance recital or something at home. As students share their thoughts, the other students [&hellip
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