NEW YORK – Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced the winners of the fifth annual Big Apple Awards, honoring 19 recipients and celebrating the incredible work of New York City public school teachers. The Big Apple Awards are a citywide recognition program open to all full-time teachers in New York City public schools and recipients were selected from a pool of over 7,800 nominations.

“As a former public school parent, I’ll always remember the teachers who inspired my children and brought their classrooms to life,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.The Big Apple Awards are about celebrating those teachers and thanking them for going the extra mile to help their students, engage parents, and support their colleagues. I want to congratulate this year’s recipients and the countless other teachers across this City who make a difference in their students’ lives every day.”

“A great teacher can change a student’s life, and The Big Apple Awards are an incredible opportunity to celebrate the City’s many talented educators,” said Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. “This year’s recipients represent the thousands of incredible educators who go above and beyond to motivate their students, and move their school communities forward. I congratulate all the incredible teachers receiving this great recognition and applaud the nominees from schools across the City.”

The 19 award recipients include 17 classroom teachers, one arts educator and, for the first time, a physical education teacher. For the second year, Chancellor Fariña and Deputy Chancellors surprised teachers in their classrooms and presented them with awards. The visits allowed students and school staff to join in celebrating the outstanding work of their teachers.

About Corinne Cornibe (High School Math Teacher, Academy for Young Writers, Brooklyn)
“I want my students to be creators – to design, innovate, and problem-solve their way to a better future,” said Ms. Cornibe. She started a robotics program and later establish an Advanced Placement Computer Science program that have ignited students’ passions and interest in learning. 73 percent of last year’s graduating class took a course in computer science, robotics, or both.

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12 May 2017