Noteworthy grads

December 19, 2013

Noteworthy graduates: Lady Pink, graffiti & fine artist

Sandra Fabara, known as the “first lady of graffiti,” credits her public school teachers with encouraging her talent and modeling the life of a working artist. Her work is now in collections nationally, internationally and at the Metropolitan, Whitney and Brooklyn museums in New York City.

October 17, 2013

Noteworthy graduates: Brian Bomser, aerospace engineer

Working at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station among rocket ships and spacecraft, Brian Bomser says he is “literally living my dream.” That dream blasted off for Brian as a 7th-grader at Louis Armstrong MS, when the opportunity to attend space camp with his classmates launched him toward a career in aerospace engineering.

September 5, 2013

Noteworthy graduates: Edward Summers, college research director

Edward Summers, as the director of the Kelly Adirondack Research Center at Union College, drives the research agenda for the study of the Adirondack Park. Summers credits his success to his experience in New York City public schools, from a 2nd-grade teacher who rewarded her class with a pizza party to a high school history teacher who engaged him with classroom debates.

June 13, 2013

Noteworthy graduates: Steve Farkas, president, public opinion research firm

A 1978 graduate of John Dewey HS in Gravesend, and before that of Reynolds JHS in Sheepshead Bay, the little boy who said “OK” a lot at PS 268 in East Flatbush went on to shine, thanks to a small, powerful teacher named Mrs. Leibowitz.

May 16, 2013

Noteworthy graduates: Judge Milton A. Tingling, NYS Supreme Court Justice

Judge Tingling, who halted Bloomberg’s ban on oversized sugary drinks, went to school in Harlem in the 1960s. “My 3rd-grade teacher Ms. Commack recently reached out to me; my teachers say they are proud of me. But not more than I am of them,” he says. “There’s no way I’d be doing this today without them."

April 11, 2013

Noteworthy graduates: Amanda Brown from ‘The Voice’

Amanda Brown is familiar to millions as a contestant this past season on NBC’s hit vocal-competition show “The Voice.” After attending PS 163 and PS 58 in the Bronx, she went to MS 80, where music teacher David Kazansky pushed her in 8th grade to audition for LaGuardia HS of Music & Art and Performing Arts.

February 28, 2013

Noteworthy graduates: Josh Freeman, CUNY history professor

Joshua Freeman is a professor of history at Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and the author of numerous books and articles on the history of labor unions and the sociology of working-class people.

January 31, 2013

Noteworthy graduates: Jon Bauer, founder, investment management firm

Jon Bauer, a co-founder, chief executive operating officer and chief investment officer of Contrarian Capital Management, which invests in troubled companies and helps them restructure their finances, was “blown away” when he first learned about economics as a boy.

December 20, 2012

Noteworthy graduates: Marisa Tomei, actress

Marisa Tomei shot to national attention in 1992 in “My Cousin Vinny,” in which she played brash, foul-mouthed New York mechanic Mona Lisa Vito, a longtime fiancee (with her biological clock ticking) who is called to testify as an expert witness in a murder case in Alabama. She won an Academy Award for best supporting actress for that comedic tour de force and hasn’t slowed down since, appearing on Broadway and in TV shows and other movies.

November 22, 2012

Noteworthy graduates: Charles Briggs, Senior VP, insurance industry

“I could have been one of those gangbangers,” said Charles Briggs of the youth he serves as treasurer of the Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation. One of its initiatives that he proudly supports is a gang tattoo removal program for erasing the marks that can doom a child.

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