Honoring our 2013 Educators of the Year
Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Boston Public Schools Superintendent Carol R. Johnson joined the Boston School Committee and Boston Teachers Union President Richard Stutman on Tuesday, June 11 to honor 14 of the best educators in Boston at the 13th annual Boston Educators of the Year ceremony. The event was held at Boston’s Shubert Theatre and was emceed by WCVB-TV, Channel 5 Anchor/Reporter Susan Wornick.
“I’m proud to honor these amazing individuals,” Mayor Menino said. “All of our winners are special – all go above and beyond – tutoring students, mentoring new teachers, reaching out to parents and to the community. All serve on committees, come in early, stay late, attend professional seminars, assist their colleagues, and share their ideas.”
“We honor 14 great educators who are tireless advocates for our students. They have contributed to the successes of Boston Public Schools and support our commitment to offer the best education possible for all of our students,” said Dr. Johnson.
Those honored include: Janira Arocho, biology teacher at Boston International High School (Dorchester); Neema Avashia, grade 8 history teacher at Dever/McCormack K-8 School (Dorchester); Erik Berg, grade 2 teacher at Philbrick Elementary School (Roslindale); Rainelda Borrero, community field coordinator at Rafael Hernandez K-8 School (Roxbury); Linda Cruz, grade 5 special education teacher at the Ellis Elementary School (Roxbury); Carmen Davis, grade 10 geometry teacher at Urban Science Academy (West Roxbury); Seamus Foy, grade 11 English teacher at Another Course to College (Brighton); Cynthia Hairston, counselor at Boston Arts Academy (Fenway); Ester Louis Jeudi, grade 4 Inclusion and English language learners teacher at the Oliver Wendell Holmes Elementary School (Dorchester); Marlayna McDuffie, kindergarten paraprofessional at Higginson/Lewis K-8 School; Cameron Calderon O'Hara, guidance counselor at Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers; Amy Piacitelli, a History teacher at Charlestown High School; Cynthia Soo Hoo, a K-5 math teacher at the Quincy Elementary School; and Seth Peterson, English teacher at Muriel Snowden International High School. Students, parents, and colleagues nominated teachers. A selection committee then chose those who were honored.
The program is possible due to sponsorships from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts, IBM, State Street Bank, Verizon, Sandy and Phil Gordon, and lead sponsor, the Gillette Company.
We have asked the educators for copies of the speeches they delivered. Click on the photos to learn more.