After thousands of nominations, hundreds of interviews, and hours of internal debates, the DOE announced the recipients of this year’s fourth annual Big Apple Awards!
The Big Apple Awards is a recognition program that celebrates City teachers who inspire their students, demonstrate exceptional success in improving student learning, enrich their school communities, and serve as great model teachers for other educators throughout the City. This year, the DOE chose to surprise each of the 17 teachers in person; Chancellor Carmen Fariña, Senior Deputy Chancellor Dorita Gibson, and Deputy Chancellor Phil Weinberg each surprised the award recipients in their classrooms and offices with celebratory balloons and banners.
“It was as emotional for us as it was for the teachers,” said Chancellor Fariña following the school visits. “The most joyful part of the classroom visits was hearing from the students just how special they think their teachers are. All of the students—from pre-kindergartners to those who are overaged and incarcerated—said they appreciated that their teachers cared about them, saw them as individuals, held them to high standards, and supported their academic achievement.”
Collectively, the 17 teachers work in elementary, middle, high, and adult education schools across all five boroughs, teach general education, special education, and dual language classrooms, and instruct students in math, social studies, English language arts, and science. Several awardees were career changers who took pay cuts to go into the teaching profession, and all are involved in some form of mentoring or teacher leadership in their schools and/or districts.
To learn more about this year’s award winners, visit our Big Apple Awards webpage.