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Career and Technical Education Awards Ceremony

‘Nothing to prove anymore’

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The jazz band from Edward R. Murrow HS in Brooklyn, under the direction of Tom Toriello, entertains the full house.

Miller Photography Shanker Hall is overflowing with honorees, supporters and business partners.
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Proud mom Marisol Santiago (right) with her daughter, Denise Montes, the winner of the UFT’s Edwin Espalliat Award as the outstanding graduate of the Success Via Apprenticeship (SVA) program.

OUTSTANDING  EDUCATOR AWARDS

BRONX

Mark Fiore School for Tourism and Hospitality

Marcia Hunter-Innis IN-Tech Academy

Katy Walker Mejia Crotona International HS

Jon Mannion Bronx Academy for Software Engineering

Reni Mathew HS of Computers and Technology

Steven Mudrick Theatre Arts Production Company School

BROOKLYN

Pauline Brown The Brooklyn Academy of Global Finance

Ceren Brunell The Boerum Hill School for International Studies

Abdelali El Bakhar George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education HS

Ira Geringer Williamsburg HS for Architecture and Design

Estelle Lilly William H. Maxwell Career and Technical Education HS

Damiano Mastrandrea The S.T.E.A.M Center at the Brooklyn Navy Yard

Aaron Pelzer Academy of Innovative Technology

Altagracia Rodriguez Clara Barton HS

Peter Rosenson Automotive HS

Jose Santiago William E. Grady Career and Technical HS

Mona Singh Transit Tech Career and Technical Education HS

MANHATTAN

David Barthold Union Square Academy for Health Sciences

William Doherty Food and Finance HS

Fred Fernandez School of Cooperative Technical Education

Robert Markuske Urban Assembly New York Harbor School

Elizabeth Oliver Urban Assembly School for Emergency Management

Michelle Riviere HS of Fashion Industries

Adrian Sookchan Urban Assembly Gateway School for Technology

Jonathan Rothman Academy for Software Engineering

Tiffany Simon Maxine Greene HS for Imaginative Inquiry

Richard Weinstein HS of Art and Design

Uriah Williams Stephen T. Mather Building Arts and Craftsmanship HS

QUEENS

Giselle Auguste Washington Long Island City HS

Ronnie David Queens Technical HS

William Gaskin Aviation Career and Technical Education HS

Madelyn Gonzalez Newtown HS

Navindra Haripersaud Thomas A. Edison Career and Technical HS

Alice McGowan Business Technology Early College HS

Marcus Ortiz HS for Construction, Trades, Engineering and Architecture

Yolonda Pough Academy of Finance and Enterprise HS

Aaron Samaroo Benjamin Franklin HS for Finance and Information Technology

Tamara Stanford John Bowne HS

STATEN ISLAND

Matthew Habib Susan E. Wagner HS

James Ryan Port Richmond HS

David Sarno Ralph R. McKee Career and Technical HS

David Schwartz Tottenville HS

Nicholas Stendardo New Dorp HS

Mark Wantowski Staten Island Technical HS

UFT SPECIAL AWARDS

EDWIN ESPALLIAT AWARD 

Denise Montes, SVA Graduate

SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD

Phyllis Frankfort Perillo, Founder, President and CEO, Working in Support of Education (W!SE)

SPECIAL INDUSTRY AWARDS

STANLEY SCHAIR CTE TEACHER FOR EXCELLENCE AND INNOVATION AWARD

Charles Dazzo, Staten Island Technical HS

Ionia Cisse, HS of Fashion Industries

C-TECH BUSINESS AND EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP AWARD

Trisha Ramdeo, Queens Technical HS

Christopher Harrinandan, William E. Grady Career and Technical HS

Jose Guerrero, School of Cooperative Technical Education HS

GREATER NEW YORK AUTOMOBILE DEALERS ASSOCIATION AWARD

Miguel Sierra, Thomas A. Edison Career and Technical Education HS

David Sarno, Ralph R. McKee Career and Technical Education HS

Renato Rosales, Automotive HS

SECURITIES INDUSTRY AND FINANCIAL MARKETS ASSOCIATION FOUNDATION AWARD

Rachael Monaco, Susan E. Wagner HS

Nils DeVita, New Utrecht HS

VIRTUAL ENTERPRISES INTERNATIONAL AWARD 

Joseph DeSiena, Abraham Lincoln HS

Erica Sadagursky, Edwin Markham IS 51

Joanna Gillen, William McKinley IS 259

THE NATIONAL ACADEMY FOUNDATION AWARD

Sara Spiegel, James Madison HS

Antoinette Carlsen, New Utrecht HS

Ann Marie Constantinou, University Neighborhood HS

MUNICIPAL CREDIT UNION TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Dr. Bruce Levinson, HS for Health Professions and Human Services

Praya Jafar, Thomas A. Edison Career and Technical Education HS

TRANSPORTATION DIVERSITY COUNCIL AWARD

Gary McNeal, George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education HS

David Sarno, Ralph R. McKee Career and Technical Education HS

Orvil Boatswain, Bronx Design and Construction Academy

CTE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE CENTER OF NY AWARD

Larissa Demelo, Bayside HS

Brendan Malone, Urban Assembly New York Harbor School

Tara Ricci, HS of Fashion Industries

Jessie Kalloo, Thomas A. Edison Career and Technical Education HS

William Doherty, Food and Finance HS

WEBGUYZ INDUSTRY AWARD

Esther Anhwere-Ribeiro, Accion Academy X341

Karen Matthews, KAPPA III MS AGILANT SOLUTIONS, INC.

Gabriel Garcia, Transit Tech Career and Technical Education HS

Izabela Nieznalski, The School of Cooperative Technical Education

NEW CTE PROGRAMS AND INITIATIVES 

John Bowne HS Agriculture Program

Pathways to Graduation Bicycle Recycling and Mechanics Program

Stephen T. Mather Building Arts and Craftsmanship HS Branching Out Program

Ralph R. McKee CTE HS Carpentry Program

Curtis HS Nursing Program

Forest Hills HS Virtual Enterprise Program

New Utrecht HS Medical Professions and Health Careers Program

Transit Tech CTE HS Transit Technician Bus Program

More than 70 CTE educators — and the success of career and technical education in city public schools — were celebrated at the UFT’s 2019 Career and Technical Education Awards Ceremony on Feb. 8 at UFT headquarters in lower Manhattan.

And while officials recently touted the all-time high graduation rate of 76 percent in New York City public schools in 2018, the graduation rate in city schools running CTE programs was even higher at 83 percent.

“We have nothing to prove to anyone anymore,” UFT President Michael Mulgrew, who taught in a CTE school for 12 years, told the overflow crowd of nearly 600. “We stand here in community together leading New York City with the highest graduation rate of any cohort inside any of our schools.”

Another measure of the program’s success is the educators it attracts, such as Ionia Cisse, one of two winners of the Stanley Schair Award for Excellence and Innovation. Cisse is the work-based learning coordinator at Manhattan’s HS of Fashion Industries, charged with securing internships for students.

“This is my fifth career,” said Cisse. “I modeled, I worked for Essence magazine, I had my own styling company, I was a (college) professor. But there’s nothing like where I am now, and I’m grateful. It’s a privilege.”

The former fashion editor at Essence, Cisse has a master’s degree in publishing. As a stylist or image maker, she traveled the world pulling together clothing and accessories for editorial and celebrity styling. She helped produce fashion shows.

Then she started teaching. Fashion Industries, Cisse says, “is a place where I can share with children all the things I’ve learned in fashion. They are so creative. The ideas they come up with blow me away. I’m the facilitator because it‘s really about them. I’m just supplying them with the tools they need to be their most creative — their best — selves.”

Fashion Industries, Cisse says, offers many ways students can express their love of fashion, including programs in the business of fashion, design, graphic design, visual merchandising and illustration.

Yet another measure of CTE’s success is the caliber of its students. Two years ago, Damiano Mastrandrea was the recipient of the Edwin Espalliat Award as the outstanding graduate of CTE’s Success Via Apprenticeship (SVA) program. At this year’s CTE awards ceremony, he was honored as an Outstanding Educator.

Mastrandrea was part of the design and implementation of the STEAM Center at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, one of the city’s fastest-growing technology and manufacturing hubs. The STEAM Center, located within that business environment, provides students with educational courses, work experience and professional contacts in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.

The school’s founding principal, Kayon Pryce, was the director of the SVA program when Mastrandrea was part of it and Mastrandrea joined him at the center in its second year, winning approval for three CTE programs in record time. While he didn’t work alone on the daunting program approval process, “the overall amalgamation (of information) into one centralized document and being able to defend it during an external review was my responsibility,” the honoree said.

“We have accomplished a lot to move CTE forward,” said UFT Vice President for CTE High Schools Sterling Roberson, the event organizer and master of ceremonies. “But there is still more work to do to continue to expand high-quality learning and career opportunities for our students and to build on the transformational success of CTE.”

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