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Betances (right) was on hand to congratulate Hans at the award presentation.

‘I wanted to be like her’

Yadira Hans is a 4th-grade teacher at PS 249 in Flatbush, Brooklyn, and one of this year's Big Apple Award winners. PS 131 teacher Anita Betances, who taught Hans third grade, set her on her path.

Jo Ann Westhall inspires her students at PS 31, Queens, to think big. “If you ca

Starting young

For Jo Ann Westhall, an elementary school education includes reading, writing, arithmetic — and computer science. Westhall, a computer science teacher and the chapter leader at PS 31 in Bayside, Queens, brought a subject reserved for middle and high school students to children as young as 4 years old.

Classroom teacher Allison Scarpa admires her 3rd-graders’ work.

Building bridges

When Aaron Eng-Achson, an English as a New Language teacher at PS 84 in Astoria, Queens, decided to launch an intensive study of bridges with his 3rd- and 5th-grade students, he knew exactly who to turn to in his school for expertise: custodial engineer Rogelio Dakanay.

A student shows off the eyeglasses she received thanks to the efforts of West Pr

A visionary

Nicole Feliciano, a teacher and chapter leader at West Preparatory Academy on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, 
is the recipient of a 2019 Big Apple Award for helping students get much-needed eye exams and prescription eyeglasses.

The models show off the designs.

Learning in style

Students at PS 811, a District 75 high school for special needs students in Bellerose, Queens, wowed classmates, teachers and families on June 12 at their Fashion Avengers Fashion Show, where many of the outfits they created were made from recyclable materials.

A 3rd-grader repeats a word and writes it on his slate.

Red-letter day at Spanish Spelling Bee

Ten proud “ganadores,” or winners, took their bows on May 21 at the fourth annual District 3 Spanish Spelling Bee, hosted by PS 87 on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, that featured spellers from all seven dual language schools in the district.

Katelyn Maldonado (left), a teacher at IS 217 in the Bronx, is impressed by her

Prom boutique

More than 2,000 middle and high schoolers from New York City public schools went to the UFT’s prom boutique on May 10-11 at the union’s Bronx borough office where they picked out dresses, shoes, jewelry and accessories for their proms and graduations – and took them home for free.

A student steps into his swing on the driving range. • Mosholu golf coach John M

Tee time for all

Third-graders from PS 119 in the Castle Hill section of the Bronx turned their fidgetiness to focus on a recent morning in May at the Mosholu Golf Course thanks to a program for young golfers called First Tee.

Chris Duerr runs a test with his daughter to answer the question, “Does mold gro

Students have teaching down to a science

Students became teachers for a day and led more than 400 parents and guests in 47 hands-on experiments at the fifth annual Science Exploratorium at PS 84 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, on May 23.

Paraprofessional Antonia Espinosa helps a squirrel adjust her tail before her sc

Music makers, dreamers of dreams

Students at P53K @ Spring Creek Community School in Brooklyn performed “Willy Wonka Jr.” for an audience of 300 on May 8.