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Middle and High School Educators

For Teacher Appreciation Week, we asked NYC public school parents to tell us about educators they wanted to celebrate. These are the middle and high school educators they shared with us.


teacher with high school-aged student smiling in front of a whiteboard and computer
Jonathan Fickies

Artur Lashiker, a teacher at James Madison High School in Brooklyn, with his student Randy, whose parent called Lashiker "an outstanding teacher who cares tremendously for his students." The parent added "He has been a great mentor to my son and is always willing to give him sound advice in regard to college and navigating this new chapter of his life."

Miriam Abdulah, special education teacher at Urban Assembly School for Green Careers in Manhattan
“She is very professional, thorough and patient with my son.”

Michael Agovino, history teacher at Gateway to Health Sciences Secondary School in Queens
“Mr. Agovino has made history come alive for my child. Teachers like this are an absolute treasure.”

Evan Apostolakos, ELA and AP psychology teacher at Brooklyn HS for Leadership and Community Service
“He had all the children in class engaged in the lesson, interacting, and learning from one another.”

Shedina Charles, school counselor at James Madison High School in Brooklyn
“Ms. Charles has been a guiding hand for my son since he entered high school. She is his counselor and my second pair of eyes.”

Cindy DiNanno-Schemp, paraprofessional at James Madison High School in Brooklyn
“She has gone well beyond her call of duty.”

student stands with teacher in gymnasium, teacher holds basketball
Erica Berger

Jenna Scivoli, the physical education teacher at JHS 278 in Brooklyn, with her student Ava. "Ms. Scivoli is a kind person who makes learning fun," said Ava's parent. "More than anything, Ava will remember how Ms. Scivoli protected the children during a soft lockdown. Ms. Scivoli ensured the class was secure and the children felt safe," she said.

Michele Fienga, English teacher at James Madison High School in Brooklyn
“She pours her heart into her job.”

Mariam Figaro, teacher at John J. Pershing 220 in Brooklyn
“Works hard to build a personal bond with her classes.”

Patrycja Grasza, chemistry teacher at James Madison High School in Brooklyn
“A true example of what a teacher should be.”

Connie Hickey, social studies teacher at James Madison High School in Brooklyn
“If I ever am upset, she always makes me feel better.”

Sarah Holcomb, art teacher at E.R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn
“Dynamic, flexible, fun, inspirational, and rigorous…she encourages students to make their way in the world through art.”

Faiza Iqbal, math teacher at James Madison High School in Brooklyn
“Ms. Iqbal has shown patience, understanding and guidance.”

teacher and student stand back-to-back and smile
Erica Berger

Ariana Lofrese, a teacher at Van Nest Academy in the Bronx, with her student Victoria, whose parent said: "Last year was a difficult year for students, and my daughter talked about how this teacher made things easy for her. My daughter worked hard with her. Having a good teacher and support is what kids need...When my daughter says a teacher is really great, I feel she should be recognized for her hard work."

Artur Lashiker, math teacher at James Madison High School in Brooklyn
“A truly dedicated teacher.”

John Lavigne, performing arts teacher at Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn
“My child says he makes learning fun.”

Ariana Lofrese, 7th-grade teacher at Van Nest Academy in the Bronx
“My daughter worked hard with her and communicated well with her.”

Roberto Lopez, science teacher at Murrow High School in Brooklyn
“Mr. Lopez makes learning fun.”

Michelle Lum, teacher at Ballet Tech High School in Manhattan
“Ms. Lum goes above and beyond to get to know her students and support them in empowering ways.”

Marco Machado, physics teacher at Midwood High School in Brooklyn
“He teaches beyond the classroom.”

teacher and student in classroom hold book and smile
Jonathan Fickies

Michele Fienga with her 11th-grad student Gianna at James Madison High School in Brooklyn. Gianna's parent said "Ms. Fienga pours her heart into her job. She has such a passion for teaching and her students absolutely adore her. This is more than just a paycheck for Ms. Fienga, it's about molding her students into fine young adults and preparing them for their careers. Every school should have a Ms. Fienga!"

Christina Mavromihalis, math teacher at Louis Pasteur Middle School in Queens
“She changed my daughter’s perspective and the way she understands math.”

Carlos Parra, 8th-grade teacher at Academy of Public Relations in the Bronx
“My son likes and respects him.”

Carlos Rosado, art teacher at Murrow High School in Brooklyn
“Through his high standards and high expectations, he motivates his students to work harder than they ever thought they could.”

Jeffrey Roth, teacher at Madison High School in Brooklyn
“Thanks to Mr. Roth, my daughter has learned how to express her arguments better.”

Laura Schneider, school counselor at Murrow High School in Brooklyn
“Mrs. Schneider has supported my child and our family through very difficult times.”

Jenna Scivoli, physical education teacher at JHS 278 in Brooklyn
“Ms. Scivoli is a fun and engaging teacher.”

teacher and student hold copies of the Declaration of Independence
Jonathan Fickies

Jeffrey Roth, a 12th-grade social science teacher at James Madison High School, with his student Danielle, whose parent had this to say: "My child has always been into psychology and law. Thanks to Mr. Roth, she has learned how to express her arguments better. He taught my daughter so many skills she has been clearly using. I am very proud that this teacher inspired my daughter."

Jessica Taylor, global history teacher at Young Women’s Leadership School in Manhattan
“Ms. Taylor has made a difference in my daughter’s life because she has opened my daughter’s eyes to many things happening in the world and how to survive through hard times.”

Devin Walsh, science teacher at Kingsbridge Academy in the Bronx
“He is smart, helpful and charismatic.”

David Walters Jr., calculus teacher at Midwood High School in Brooklyn
“He has helped my daughter understand math and has taken the time to explain everything thoroughly.”

James Woo, math teacher at 30th Avenue School in Queens
“Mr. Woo makes learning fun for kids.”