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Educators displayed ‘unprecedented’ creativity

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Zoom Screen from the CTE Awards

UFT Vice President for Career and Technical Education High Schools Sterling Roberson announces the virtual presentation of the SVA Program Graduate Award to Anahi Flores of the Bronx HS for the Visual Arts.

This year’s 2021 UFT Career and Technical Education Awards recognized educators who have shown great ingenuity and perseverance in facing the challenges created by the pandemic.

”How do you do CTE virtually?” UFT President Michael Mulgrew asked the Zoom audience at the Feb. 26 awards ceremony. “Some of our sequences automatically lend themselves to it, but others, it gets difficult.”

Issues particular to CTE, such as industry certifications and diploma endorsements requiring hands-on work, are especially difficult to achieve remotely.

Mulgrew praised the group’s resourcefulness. “The creativity we have seen is unprecedented,” he said. “No matter what’s in the way, CTE finds a way.”

In all, 82 CTE educators and advocates were recognized by the city Department of Education, the CTE Advisory Council, the UFT and industry partners.

In welcoming remarks, UFT Vice President for CTE High Schools Sterling Roberson pointed out the dedication and commitment of CTE educators who “tirelessly work to prepare our young people for success in college, career and life.”

Philip Donohue, who teaches video game design at the Academy of Innovative Technology in Brooklyn, and Tyshawn Davis, the work-based learning coordinator at the Maxine Greene HS for Imaginative Inquiry in Manhattan, both received the Municipal Credit Union Teacher of the Year Award, an industry honor, as well as Stanley Schair partnership awards.

Zoom Screen from the CTE Awards

Leslie Simmons of Aviation Career and Technical Education HS in Queens shows off his Outstanding Educator Award.

Donohue, his school’s lead CTE educator, said this year, “We’ve all been on our own island, with very little time to gather, communicate and share ideas like we normally do as CTE teachers throughout the city.”

Donohue has run his school’s CTE department for nearly nine years, overseeing program approval, budget allocation and teacher training. But the best part, he says, is helping students develop and gain real-world skills and “watching them go out and get jobs based on what they learned from you.”

Davis was recognized for strengthening existing partnerships and developing new work-based learning opportunities in the school’s business and entrepreneurship programs where, he said, “students really get to showcase what they can do.”

The UFT Special Recognition Award for a teacher went to Laura Parker, a culinary arts instructor and work-based learning coordinator at Long Island City HS. “One of the things that separates her,” Roberson said, “is that she always comes through when called upon,” whether it’s to help with events or assessments or to participate on state level committees or to be part of the AFT’s Teacher Leaders Program.

Mulgrew said getting an award during the pandemic is “even more important. After what we have been through, it is really so, so special.”

Complete List of CTE Award Winners

CTE Partnership Awards

Success Via Apprenticeship (SVA) of The Year Award
  • Anahí Flores, Success Via Apprenticeship Program Graduate
Stanley Schair CTE Teacher For Excellence And Innovation Award
  • Phillip Donohue, Academy of Innovative Technology
Stanley Schair Work-Based Learning Coordinator Excellence And Innovation Award
  • Tyshawn Davis, Maxine Greene High School for Imaginative Inquiry
CTE Partner of The Year Award
  • Tyler Crowe, Horizon Media, Nominated by Manhattan Early College School for Advertising
CTE Champion of The Year Award
  • Colleen Molter, CEO, QED National

CTE Industry Awards

Municipal Credit Union Teacher of The Year Awards
  • Phillip Donahue, Academy of Innovative Technology
  • Tyshawn Davis, Maxine Greene High School for Imaginative Inquiry
CTE Technical Assistance Center of New York Awards
  • Tanola Dunkley, Union Square Academy for Health Sciences
  • Rachael Monaco, Susan E. Wagner High School
  • Jessica Torres, Academy of Finance and Enterprise
Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association Awards
  • Michael Schnier, Thomas A. Edison Career and Technical Education High School
  • George Pompilio, A-Tech High School
  • Robert Taudel, The School of Cooperative and Technical Education
National Academy Foundation (NAF) Awards
  • Clarence Tennell, Business of Sports School
  • Marangelitza Rivera, Manhattan Bridges High School
Virtual Enterprises International Awards
  • Michael Cotignola, Francis Lewis High School
  • Vita Vaccaro, High School of Fashion Industries
  • Sherwyn Besson, High School for Arts and Business
C-Tech Business And Education Partnership Awards Enhanced Partnership Award
  • Stacey Thomas, Chelsea Career and Technical Education High School
Certification Partnership Award
  • David Abreu, Queens Technical High School
Innovation Partner Award
  • Damiano Mastrandrea, The S.T.E.A.M. Center at the Brooklyn Navy Yard
Tech In Schools Initiative (TSI) Awards
  • Ronald Pierre, Mott Hall V
  • Juan Reyes, Emolior Academy
  • Christopher Wallace, Middle School 129X, Academy for Independent Learning and Leadership
CompTIA
  • Wilmer Villalobos, Transit Tech Career and Technical Education High School
  • Emama Akhter, The S.T.E.A.M. Center at the Brooklyn Navy Yard
  • Jesse Kalloo, Thomas A. Edison Career and Technical Education High School
UFT Edwin Espaillat Award
  • Anahí Flores, Success Via Apprenticeship (SVA) Program Graduate
Uft Special Recognition Awards
  • Laura Parker, Long Island City High School
  • Omari Gay, Senior Director, Program Quality for Career and Technical Education, NYC Department of Education

2021 CTE Educator Awards

Brooklyn
  • Daniela Taranto, Clara Barton High School
  • Hortense Blakey, Brooklyn Studio Secondary School
  • Elizabeth Bouiss, Midwood High School
  • Michael Boulis, Brooklyn Technical High School
  • Kimberly Nodoro, George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School
  • Gabriel Garcia, Transit Tech Career and Technical Education High School
  • Abraham Rodriguez, Williamsburg High School for Architecture and Design
  • Angela Filarakos, Brooklyn Academy of Global Finance
  • Shaun Seneviratne, The S.T.E.A.M. Center at the Brooklyn Navy Yard
  • Emama Akhter, The S.T.E.A.M. Center at the Brooklyn Navy Yard
  • Kevin Hankins, John Dewey High School
  • Shakeema Stevenson, William H. Maxwell Career and Technical Education High School
  • Arben Miftari, High School for Innovation in Advertising and Media
  • Brenda Wilkes, World Academy for Total Community Health High School
  • Joshua Levine, New Utrecht High School
  • David Ramirez, High School for Innovation in Advertising and Media
Staten Island
  • Elvira Vonroth, Tottenville High School
  • Jared Jax, Staten Island Technical High School
  • Rachael Monaco, Susan E. Wagner High School
  • Bruce Pane, Ralph R. McKee Career and Technical Education High School
  • Vincent Medugno, Port Richmond High School
  • John McLaughlin III, New Dorp High School
Manhattan
  • Christopher Spatarella, Art and Design High School
  • Tiffany Simon, Maxine Greene High School for Imaginative Inquiry
  • Carlos Caraballo, The School of Cooperative and Technical Education (Co-op Tech)
  • Stacey Thomas, Chelsea Career and Technical Education High School
  • Roxanna Cervasio, Chelsea Career and Technical Education High School
  • June Arcamay, The High School of Fashion Industries
  • Karen McMahon, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis High School
  • Jonathan Lauter, Columbia Secondary School
  • Lyubov Fridman, Urban Assembly Gateway School for Technology
  • Joel Mejia, Urban Assembly School for Global Commerce
  • Salvatore Puglisi, Urban Assembly School for Emergency Management
  • Robert Owsley, Academy for Software Engineering
  • Eric Allatta, Academy for Software Engineering
  • Scott Bunin, Columbia Secondary School
  • Jonathan Rothman, Academy for Software Engineering
  • Babette Connor-Pisco, Talent Unlimited High School
Queens
  • Mohammed Hossain, High School for Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture
  • Sherwyn Besson, High School for Arts and Business
  • Chloe Fuentes, John Bowne High School
  • Charma White, Benjamin Franklin High School for Finance & Information Technology
  • Robert Vega, Queens Technical High School
  • Eric MacDonald, Queens Technical High School
  • Luisa Grajales Cubillo, Long Island City High School
  • Etienne Lucien, Information Technology High School
  • Leslie Simmons, Aviation Career and Technical Education High School
  • Sean McCarthy, Queens Technical High School
  • Madelyn Gonzalez, Newtown High School
Bronx
  • Ivonne Tejada, Crotona International High School
  • William Tsang, In-Tech Academy (MS/HS 368X)
  • Faroque Iqbal, School for Tourism and Hospitality
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