Senior & Teacher Of The Month

Meet the 2019/2020 Senior and Teacher of the Month winners below.

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