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Big Apple Awards

Nominate a teacher!

The Big Apple Awards celebrate and recognize teachers who inspire students, model great teaching, and enrich their school community. Nominate a teacher today!

Congratulations to the 2016 Recipients!

Surprise! Watch the reaction of the 17 Recipients of the 2016 Big Apple Award when they get surprise visits from Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña.

The Fellowship Year

In addition to their work in the classroom, Big Apple recipients spend a full year engaged in dialogue and influencing fellow educators across New York City.

Early Career Fellowship Year

The Early Career Fellowship Year honors teachers in their first five years in the NYC DOE.

Why Nominate a Teacher?

A Big Apple Awards nomination is a great way to say "thank you" to an exceptional NYC teacher. Learn more about the benefits of being nominated.

How the Awards Work

How the Awards Work

Learn more about the Big Apple Awards and New York City's commitment to recognizing teacher excellence.


This Year's Recipients

Meet the 2016-17 Big Apple Award recipients and learn about their impact on their students and school communities.

Fellowship Year

The Fellowship Year

See how Big Apple Fellows use their skills as members of the Chancellor's Advisory Group to shape educational practice across New York City.