September 07, 2011
DCPS launches season of celebration for DC teachers
33 educators honored with awards in advance of annual Standing Ovation event
DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson today announced the names of 33 educators who have received 2011 teaching and leadership awards, which come with $10,000 or $5,000 prizes, in recognition of their work on behalf of DCPS students.
“It is a great honor to recognize these outstanding professionals for their dedication, skill and commitment,” said Chancellor Henderson. “Recognizing and rewarding teachers and principals shows our families, students and community what we believe is most important to the success of our schools: exceptional educators.”
Thanks to the generosity of David Rubenstein, co-founder and managing director of the Carlyle Group and chairman of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, DCPS was able this year to select 33 educators to receive one of the following awards: Excellence in Teaching Award, Excellence in Leadership Award, Rubenstein Award for Highly Effective Teaching, Rubenstein Award for Highly Effective Leadership.
Mr. Rubenstein first pledged to support these awards at last year’s A Standing Ovation for DC Teachers, held in November 2010. See the complete list of this year’s award winners below.
Educators were nominated through letters of recommendation from families, current and former students, their colleagues, school leaders and community members. Excellence Award winners will receive $10,000 and Rubenstein Award winners will receive $5,000.
“We are grateful to Mr. David Rubenstein for his generosity and his belief that highly effective teachers and school leaders should be rewarded for the important work they do every day,” said Chancellor Henderson.
The announcement of these annual awards launches a season of celebration for DCPS educators. On Sept. 19, the DC Public Education Fund will host its gala A Standing Ovation for DC Teachers at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The second-annual event, featuring Grammy Award-winning recording artist John Legend and other national and local celebrities, will honor more than 660 DCPS educators who earned ratings of Highly Effective under the IMPACT educator evaluation system.
Excellence in Teaching Awards
- Kelly Emminger, first grade teacher, Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School
- Shira Fishman, math teacher, McKinley Technology High School
- Eduardo Gamarra, humanities teacher, Oyster-Adams Bilingual School
- Jonathan Jou, English as a Second Language teacher, Jefferson Middle School
- Angelique Kwabenah, reading specialist, Incarcerated Youth Program
- Tameka Petticolas, special education/autism teacher, Davis Elementary School
- Doris Savoy, Spanish teacher, Coolidge High School
Rubenstein Awards for Highly Effective Teaching
- Joyce Adams, pre-K/dual language teacher, Bancroft Elementary School
- Stephanie Aduso, pre-K/special education/autism teacher, Walker-Jones Education Campus
- Perea Brown-Blackmon, third and fourth grade teacher, Langdon Education Campus
- Brenda Porter Burns, early childhood education teacher, Garrison Elementary School
- Darlene M. Ferguson, physical education teacher, Randle Highlands Elementary School
- Stephanie E. Frank, first grade teacher, Cleveland Elementary School
- Shelley Renee Hawkins, special education autism teacher, Roosevelt High School
- Jere Lorenzen-Strait, kindergarten teacher, School Within School @ Peabody Elementary School
- Arnita D. Meekins, special education teacher, Tubman Elementary School
- Margaret T. Meenehan, performing arts teacher, Fillmore Arts Center
- Geraldine Meredith, pre-K teacher, Barnard Elementary School
- Lora L. Pangilinan, math teacher, Luke C. Moore High School
- Deborah Pearman, math teacher, Cardozo High School
- Keelan Purcell, science teacher, Deal Middle School
- Alyson Roberts, early childhood education teacher, CW Harris Elementary School
- Juanita M. Stokes, preschool teacher, Payne Elementary School
- Denise M. Thiel, early childhood education teacher, Leckie Elementary School
- Amy Trenkle, social studies teacher, Stuart-Hobson Middle School
- Kristen N. Williams, fifth grade Language Arts teacher, Key Elementary School
Excellence in Leadership Award
Rubenstein Awards for Highly Effective Leadership
- Sean Davis, principal, Hendley Elementary School
- Azalia Hunt-Speight, principal, Luke C. Moore High School
- Billy Kearney, principal, Hart Middle School
- Monica Liang-Aguirre, principal, Oyster-Adams Bilingual School
- Elizabeth Whisnant, principal, Mann Elementary School.
For more information about the award winners, including bios of last year’s recipients, visit dcps.dc.gov. For more information about A Standing Ovation for DC Teachers, visit http://www.standingovationfordcteachers.org/.