YONKERS, N.Y. -- The Yonkers Kiwanis Club, in partnership, with the City of Yonkers and Yonkers Board of Education, will present the 2017 Teacher of the Year Awards to three deserving members of the Yonkers Public Schools faculty.
Teachers will be selected based on nominations submitted by students, parents, teachers and administrators, according to a release from Yonkers Public Schools.
Established in 1956, the Teacher of the Year Award celebrates Yonkers teachers who further excellence in education. A committee comprised of members of the Yonkers Kiwanis Club and Trustees of the Board of Education selects the honorees, the release said.
“Teachers do some of the most important work in our community and they deserve to be recognized with honor,” said Mayor Mike Spano. “These awards are a gesture of thanks for positively impacting our children’s lives. The partnership between the city, the Yonkers Kiwanis Club and the Yonkers Public Schools celebrates the exceptional dedication and commitment of our everyday heroes in the classroom and, at times, even beyond the classroom.”
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Edwin M. Quezada, said, “So many Yonkers teachers personify quality teaching. This award is an opportunity for our community to say thank you to those teachers for their daily relentless work with our students. Great teachers impact the academic, social and emotional development of our children. Through this award we celebrate their professionalism and their engagement in effective teaching and learning.”
Three Yonkers Public Schools teachers, representing the elementary, middle and high school levels will be chosen. Students, parents, teachers and administrators are encouraged to nominate a teacher at www.YonkersNY.gov. or www.yonkerspublicschools.org.
Online nominations must be submitted by Wednesday, March 1.
Eligibility requirements for selection as Teacher of the Year include employment as a teacher in the Yonkers Public Schools for at least five years; demonstration of dedication to the teaching profession which has led his/her students to both knowledge and understanding; and initiation of new, meaningful programs for either students, teachers or parents, or been innovative in the use of existing programs, and display significant community involvement.
"The Yonkers Kiwanis Club is once again honored to recognize teachers in our school community who exemplify professionalism and show outstanding dedication," said Judy Bartunek, Yonkers Kiwanis president." These highly motivated teachers, in their untiring efforts, provide quality education to the students in the Yonkers school system."
Board of Education President Rev. Steve Lopez, praised the Yonkers Kiwanis Club for their decades of support for Yonkers teachers:
“This annual celebration highlights the contributions of our outstanding teachers for their quality instruction as well as their community service; the hallmark of the Board of Education and the Kiwanis Club. Mayor Spano’s collaboration has expanded the reach of our message and truly demonstrates a citywide commitment to education.”
The recipients are expected to attend School District, City of Yonkers and The Yonkers Kiwanis Club Teacher of the Year functions, to speak in public and to the press representing all Yonkers teachers.