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The Yonkers Kiwanis Club, Yonkers Board Of Education And City Of Yonkers Partner For 2016 Teacher Of The Year Awards

Post Date:03/31/2016 12:54 PM

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Yonkers, NY – March 31, 2016 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano today announced the Yonkers Kiwanis Club in collaboration with the City of Yonkers and Yonkers Board of Education Trustees will present the 2016 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. 

Established in 1956, the Teacher Hall of Fame 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. 

“Teachers do some of the most important work in our community and they deserve to be recognized with honor,” said Mayor Spano. “These awards are a gesture of thanks to them 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.”

“Yonkers is fortunate to have many magnificent teachers,” noted Dr. Edwin M. Quezada, Superintendent of Schools.  “This award is an opportunity for principals, parents, students and staff to publicly recognize the profound contributions great teachers have on the academic, social and emotional development of the children in their care.  The success of all students is dependent on the hard work and commitment of every teacher.”

“The Yonkers Kiwanis Club and the Board of Education have celebrated the contributions of outstanding teachers educating Yonkers’ children for more than 60 years. The foundation of both organizations, quality teaching and community service, is honored through this award,” said Board of Education President Dr. Nader J. Sayegh. “It truly demonstrates a citywide commitment to education.  Through our collaboration with Mayor Mike Spano we are able to expand the reach of our message; the community working together for our children.”   

Three Yonkers Public Schools teachers, representing the elementary, middle and high school levels will be selected. Students, parents, teachers and administrators are encouraged to nominate a teacher. Eligibility requirements for selection to the Teacher Hall of Fame 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. These highly motivated teachers, in their untiring efforts, provide quality education to the students in the Yonkers school system," said Judy Bartunek, Yonkers Kiwanis President.

The nominations form and sample application are available online at and Online nominations must be submitted by April 20, 2016. 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.

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