Posts Tagged ‘Blackboard Awards’

Support, No Matter What

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For the past four years, Debra Robinson has gone to Birch Family Services Mill Basin Early Childhood Center to teach children who fall on the autism spectrum. But her dedication to helping these children and their families extends far beyond the classroom. “We spoke on the phone almost every day,” said Michele Montanez, whose 6-year-old [&hellip
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An Unassuming Brilliance

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Birthdays are always special, but in Liza Akeret’s “4’s” class at Epiphany Community Nursery School, they are marked with a birthday crown, special song and handmade cards. Parent Anthony Pratofiorito recalled his daughter’s recent celebration. Akeret asked students to say something that they liked about the birthday girl, and compliments ranged from, “She likes to [&hellip
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The First Grade Transformation

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Camille Ehrenberg likens the development of her 1st graders to a child’s first year of life: a short period of incredible growth and change. “It’s extraordinarily visible. You can’t miss it,” Ehrenberg said. “When they leave, they are totally transformed.” Ehrenberg’s fascination with child development led her to teaching. She spent eight years as an [&hellip
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From Filmmaker to 4th Grade

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In Hollywood films, compassionate, inspiring teachers are easily found. Thomas Roberts, a 4th grade teacher at Trinity School, brings that enthusiasm to the real world. “Learning is a joy in Mr. Roberts’ classroom,” said parent Bahar Tavakolian. He is everyone’s favorite teacher—be it a girl or a boy, an introverted student or an extroverted one…he [&hellip
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Shapiro’s Creative Curriculum

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A longtime advocate of music in the classroom, P.S. 199’s Elaine Shapiro once took her class to a rehearsal for a piano concerto. After the performance, students spent time asking the soloist questions. When someone asked what the pianist’s outside interests were, she said she had a compound upstate where she harbored wolves. Shapiro’s interest [&hellip
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The Science of Middle School

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Although she is a middle school science teacher at The Cathedral School in Manhattan, Ourania “Roni” Rafaelidis often feels she is still a student. “With science, there’s always something new going on—discoveries, new theories and explanations, real-life topics—that can be discussed in class. It never gets boring,” she said. “I enjoy keeping up with science [&hellip
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School Sports Empire

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Not many people choose to leave the bustling and profitable world of Wall Street, especially to teach middle school—but John DeMatteo did. As an equities trader, DeMatteo found that after two-and-a-half years, it didn’t bring him happiness. “I always wanted to be a phys ed teacher, he said while munching on a piece of salmon [&hellip
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Inspiring Future Scientists

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On his first day as a teacher at the Al Noor School in 2003, Yihia Mohammad nervously stood in front of his physics class as they informed him that he had three weeks to prove himself. “Obviously that wasn’t my contract, but they seemed serious,” he said. “After three weeks, I was still there, so [&hellip
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