Last Year's Recipients

Silvestre Arcos

5th grade math teacher at KIPP, Washington Heights Middle School (06M068)

Patrick Berry

7th and 8th grade ELA teacher, Whitelaw Reid Junior High School (16K057)

Erika Bogdany

ELA High School Teacher, Brooklyn Bridge Academy (18K578)

Damion Clark

11th and 12th grade ELA, Democracy Prep Charter High School

Catherine Downey

5th grade Science and Social Studies, P.S. 128 Bensonhurst (21K128)

Kristin Ferrales

11th grade Social Studies, Urban Assembly School for Law and Justice (13K483)

Marietta Timblaco Geraldino

10th and 11th grade Geometry Teacher, Frederick Douglass Academy II (03M860)

Stephen Jackson

7th and 8th grade Science, P.S./ M.S. 278 Paula Hedbavny School (06M278)

Deborah Laster

Special Education Teacher for students ages 14–21, P.S.176X (75X176)

Kimberly McCorkell

4th and 5th grade Math, P.S. 222 Katherine R. Snyder (22K222)

Melissa Salguero

General Music Teacher, P.S. 48 Joseph R. Drake (08X048)
Big Apple Arts Award Recipient

Overview of the Big Apple Ambassador Year

Big Apple Awards Recipients are spending the 2013-14 school year serving as citywide Big Apple Ambassadors. Through our eleven Big Apple Ambassadors, the New York City Department of Education hopes to not only recognize excellence but have our award recipients be a resource to the larger community on what it means to be a teacher in New York City.

During monthly meetings, Ambassadors hear from members of NYCDOE leadership and provide insight on citywide initiatives, as well as collaborate on a group project with their fellow Ambassadors to impact education in New York City. Additionally, Ambassadors will create an outlet where best teaching practices can be shared amongst NYC teachers and where NYC teachers can support each other.

Big Apple Ambassadors will drive impact in three different ways:

  1. Contributing to broader policy development that relates to teachers in New York City
  2. Sharing excellent teaching practice with colleagues across the City
  3. Deepening individual practice through specialized professional development experiences and utilization of the classroom grant