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2016 Golden Apple crop feted

ALBANY, N.Y. (June 7, 2016) -- The City School District of Albany celebrated 19 innovative educators on Tuesday by presenting them with Golden Apple Awards.


The Golden Apple recognizes people who practice creative methods that significantly affect students’ grades, behaviors and motivation to learn. Each school is given the opportunity to nominate one teacher each year to win the award. (At right, West Hill Middle School social studies teacher Michael Lopez, right, receives his award from Lucas Fiedler, membership development officer for First New York Federal Credit Union, which sponsors the event.)


The 2016 Golden Apple recipients are:

  • Tara Allen, first grade teacher, Sheridan Preparatory Academy

  • Craig Ascher, science teacher, William S. Hackett Middle School

  • Betsey Domenico, English-as-a-new-language teacher, Giffen Memorial Elementary School

  • Megan Donohue, English teacher, Albany High School

  • Larry Drew, family and consumer sciences teacher, Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School

  • Arthur Erbe, carpentry teacher, Abrookin Career and Technical Center

  • Donna Frinks, kindergarten teacher, Pine Hills Elementary School

  • Liz Gialanella, school psychologist, Albany High School

  • Josephine Iglesias, school social worker, Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy

  • Katie Light, prekindergarten/kindergarten teacher, Montessori Magnet School

  • Michael Lopez, social studies teacher, West Hill Middle School

  • Pamela Mantas, first-grade teacher, Albany School of Humanities (ASH)

  • Felicia Nobles, fourth-grade teacher, Arbor Hill Elementary School

  • Elaine Searl, special education teacher, Thomas O’Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST)

  • Lynette Smith, fifth-grade teacher, Eagle Point Elementary School

  • George Stahler, fourth-grade teacher, North Albany Academy

  • Zeovadis Tavarez-Polanco, fifth-grade teacher, Delaware Community School

  • Stacy VanCott, special education teacher, Alternative Learning Center

  • Barbara Warford, second-grade teacher, New Scotland Elementary School


Congratulations to all of them!


The mission of the City School District of Albany is to educate and prepare all students for college and career, citizenship and life, in partnership with our diverse community. The district serves more than 9,500 students in 17 elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as well as other innovative academic opportunities for students, including four themed academies at Albany High School.

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