March 01, 2011

Twenty Highly Effective DCPS Teachers Honored With Rubenstein Awards 

Recipients to receive $5,000 each in recognition of their extraordinary teaching and impact in the classroom

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A few of the Rubenstein Award winners with Mayor Gray [Photo by Lateef Mangum]
A few of the Rubenstein Award winners with Mayor Gray [Photo by Lateef Mangum]
A Rubenstein Award winner [Photo by Lateef Mangum]
A Rubenstein Award winner [Photo by Lateef Mangum]
Acting Chancellor Kaya Henderson  [Photo by Lateef Mangum]
Acting Chancellor Kaya Henderson [Photo by Lateef Mangum]
A Rubenstein Award winner [Photo by Lateef Mangum]
A Rubenstein Award winner [Photo by Lateef Mangum]
A Rubenstein Award winner [Photo by Lateef Mangum]
A Rubenstein Award winner [Photo by Lateef Mangum]
Acting Chancellor Henderson and Mayor Gray [Photo by Lateef Mangum]
Acting Chancellor Henderson and Mayor Gray [Photo by Lateef Mangum]

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WASHINGTON, DC – Today at the Wilson Building, DCPS Interim Chancellor Kaya Henderson and Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced the winners of the Rubenstein Award for Highly Effective Teaching, an honor that recognizes the extraordinary work of DCPS educators.

Each of the 20 recipients, which include teachers from every ward and school level, will receive $5,000 and an invitation to a private reception in their honor hosted by David Rubenstein, co-founder and managing director of the Carlyle Group, Kennedy Center chairman, and benefactor of the awards.

The winners are:

Alka Aggarwal, Turner @ Green Elementary School Tiffany Johnson, Ronald Brown Middle School
Melanie Agnew, Coolidge High School Tahiira Lee, Marshall Elementary School
Shirley Battle, Maury Elementary School Barbara Menard, School Without Walls
Karen Bell, Emery Education Campus Jane Menell, Mann Elementary School
Alisa Bingham Halliburton, Shaw Middle School Debbie Pridgen, Patterson Elementary School
Tanya Copeland, King Elementary School Jennifer Ramsey, Eaton Elementary School
Mahmood Dorosti, Ballou High School Margaret Ricks, School Within a School @ Peabody
Eduardo Gamarra, Oyster-Adams Bilingual School William Taylor, Browne Education Campus
Estella Gonzales, Marie Reed Elementary School Patricia West, CHOICE Academy High School
Gladys Hetherington, Brookland Education Campus Amy Wopat, Wilson High School


Today’s announcement underscores Mayor Gray’s commitment to education and the success of the District’s students.

“These award recipients represent every ward in the District and span every grade from early education through high school,” Mayor Gray said. “They are shining examples not only of the accountability and sound management that I am working to restore to our public-education system, but also of the birth-to-young-adulthood range I am emphasizing in the District’s educational efforts.”

DCPS received more than 400 letters of nomination from teachers, principals, current and former students, staff, alumni and community members. The recipients were selected by a team of central office staff members who reviewed the letters.

“Teachers are the solution, and they are the key to ensuring that every child in DCPS receives a world-class education,” said Interim Chancellor Henderson. “Our new teacher evaluation system, IMPACT, helps us identify our strongest teachers so that we can give them the recognition they deserve. We are grateful that, thanks to Mr. Rubenstein’s generosity and the hundreds of nominators who shared their inspiring stories about the deep influence our DCPS teachers have had on their lives, we can publicly honor some of our best teachers.”

The selection committee received so many compelling nominations that members also selected 20 honorable mention winners. Information on each of them, in addition to the biographies, photos and excerpts from the nomination letters for the Rubenstein Award winners, is featured on the DCPS homepage.

”Despite budgetary challenges, the District's public schools attract and retain a great many extraordinary teachers, and it is appropriate – and long overdue – that we acknowledge the very best among them," Rubenstein said.

Mr. Rubenstein first pledged to support these awards at “A Standing Ovation for D.C. Teachers,” a November event hosted by the DC Public Education Fund and held at Kennedy Center. It honored the seven inaugural recipients of the Award for Excellence in Teaching, who each received $10,000.

View more information about the Rubenstein Award winners.

View Honorable Mention recipients.

Inside DCPS Highlights.


           

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