Senior & Teacher Of The Month

2020-2021 Seniors & Teachers of the Month

MAY

Caleb Autry

Caleb Autry is the kind of natural leader who just gets things done. He sees an opportunity, figures out what needs done and who should do it, and without hesitation starts making connections. Read more here.

Caleb Autry

Malajah Moore-Lane

Malajah Moore-Lane never asked to represent the best of West Philadelphia High School, nor was she assigned that responsibility, yet she does — and she does it very well. Read more here.

Malajah Moore-Lane

Mario Marzullo

Mario Marzullo is a 7th Grade teacher at Greenberg Elementary School. Watch this video for more.

Deljim Rodriguez

APRIL

Lelah Benn

Redemption stories are usually written about weathered and time-tested adults.  Cadet Lelah Benn’s redemption story spans her four years of high school. Read more here.

Lelah Benn

Tyler Woodruff

One of the questions that potential SLA Beeber students have to answer in the admissions interview is, “What problem do you see in the world around you that will work to solve?” Tyler Woodruff is the epitome of this mindset. Read more here.

Tyler Woodruff

Deljim Rodriguez

Deljim Rodriguez is a 4th Grade teacher at Crossroads at Hunting Park. Watch this video for more.

Deljim Rodriguez

MARCH

Ali Shabazz

You know that feeling you get when you are in the presence of greatness? Meet Ali Shabazz here.

Ali Shabazz

Noor Rana

Listening to Masterman senior Noor Rana clearly explain her motivations and personal goals was a humbling and inspiring experience. Read Noor’s story here.

Noor Rana

An Nguyễn

An Nguyen is a 1st Grade teacher at Key Elementary School. Watch this video for more.

An Nguyen

FEBRUARY

Goddess Wiggins

Ask someone what their hopes and dreams are, and they could probably tell you. But ask them what their plan is to accomplish those hopes and dreams, and the answer might not be as easy. Goddess knows — read her story here.

Goddess Wiggins

Youma Diabira

When you love something or someone, you want it to be the best that it can be. Sometimes you have to admonish, reprimand or discipline what you love. Those who master these skills are usually the ones who positively and permanently change the world. Read Youma’s story here.

Youma Diabira

Antoinette Davis

Antoinette Davis is a School-Based Teacher Leader and English teacher at Academy @ Benjamin Rush High School. Watch this video for more.

Antoinette Davis

JANUARY

Joseph McCaffery

Stephen Hawking once said, “Quiet people have the loudest minds.” This quote is profound, and immediately forces a recollection of the quietest people you know. Get to know Joe here.

Joseph McCaffrey

Kamilah Gordon

If we’re lucky, like Kamilah Gordon, there will be a very specific flashpoint that proves, once and for all, that we’re here for a purpose. Read her story here.

Kamilah Gordon

Vance McNear

Vance McNear is a 6th grade math teacher at Crossroads @ Hunting Park School. Watch this video for more.

Vance McNear

2019-2020 Seniors & Teachers of the Month

MARCH

Christopher Facenda-Torres

The most influential people in history held the deep belief that they were meant for a higher purpose. Christopher Facenda-Torres is one of these influential people. Read his story here.

Christopher Facenda-Torres

Yuvaraj Gambhir

Some people have a knack for giving back, without even realizing they are doing it. Almost as if they have an innate understanding that if they are given much, they should give much in return. Read Yuva’s story here.

Yuvaraj Gambhir

FEBRUARY

Treasure Jackson

Every generation needs a beacon, a buoy, a stalwart – someone who has the compassion and the will to uplift, uphold and be the voice for others. Read Treasure’s story here.

Treasure Jackson

Leysha Santiago

You might not notice Leysha Santiago on the street. She’s quiet and observant. Upon meeting Leysha though, you realize that her drive and her influence on others contrasts her unassuming first impression. Read Leysha’s story here.

Leysha Santiago

Mary Franz

Mary Franz is a 9th grade English and 12th grade Social Sciences teacher at Robeson High School. Read more of Mary’s story here.

Mary Franz

JANUARY

Myah Blume

Rosa Parks, Ida B. Wells, Fannie Lou Hamer – all influential and powerful black female civil rights leaders. Each fought bravely for the empowerment of others, without regard for their personal safety or success. It will not be long until Myah Blume is included on this list. Read Myah’s story here.

Myah Blume

Sybrie Cofield

Certain stories humble you. They force you to think about the opportunities you have been handed, the favors you’ve been given, the blessings that you have – and then to consider what some amazing and influential people are doing with so much with less. Read Sybrie’s story here.

Sybrie Cofield

Octavia Blount

Octavia Blount is a the Science chair and teacher from Furness. She demands hard work while respecting her students and the diverse backgrounds that have shaped them.

Octavia Blount

DECEMBER

Horace Ryans

Some people are natural born advocates. You can tempt them with distractions and you can present them with other things that require their attention, but they are committed, they are dedicated – they want nothing more than to help other people. Read Horace’s story here.

Horace Ryans

Charles Blain

Charles Blain is a renaissance man. “I was taught from a young age that hard work and being well-rounded will pay off as I get older,” says Charles. Read Charles’s story here.

Charles Blain

Mary Ellen Stevens

Mary Ellen is a 5th and 6th grade math teacher at Middle Years Alternative School. Everything that she does is motivated by a student-first mindset. Despite the challenges the students face, she is a consistent example of optimism and positivity.

Mary Ellen Stevens

NOVEMBER

Malik Njeri-Mesquito

If you were to ask Malik what has defined his high school experience, he would say “growth!”. Read Malik’s story here.

Malik Njeri-Mesquito

Jennifer Rojas-Sandoval

Every once in a while, someone surprises you. Not simply a “she’s not what I expected” surprise, but a shocking, eye-opening, humbling surprise. Read Jennifer’s story here.

Jennifer Rojas-Sandoval

Debontina Adamson-White

Debontina is a 6th-Grade teacher at Harding Middle School, and is a believer in the inherent value and potential of every student. Read more about Debontina here.

Debontina Adamson-White

OCTOBER

Liliana Mariquinhos-Fernandes

Lili, as she is called by friends and family, has always been the glue that keeps her community together. Read Lili’s story here.

Liliana Mariquinhos-Fernandes

Ashley Maldonado

Olga Torres, long-time teacher at Mastbaum High School, describes Ashley Maldonado in two words — “Quiet Leader.” Read Ashley’s story here.

Ashley Maldonado

Marcel Reynolds

Marcel is an Autistic Support teacher at Frankford High School who, according to her nominator, Principal Michael Calderone, has established herself as a leader among her peers despite being new to Frankford. Read more about Marcel here.

Marcel Reynolds