It’s the last day of classes for New York City public school students before summer vacation begins. Before that final bell rings this afternoon, we wanted to take a moment to acknowledge P.S. 110 teacher Lauren Bakian. Earlier this month, Mayor de Blasio, Schools Commissioner Carmen Fariña and teachers’ union head Michael Mulgrew recognized the 4th grade teacher as one of 12 “Big Apple” award winners. There were 4500 nominees. Here’s what the judges had to say about Bakian:
In Lauren Bakian’s classroom, the motto is “Take charge of your learning.” What distinguishes Ms. Bakian from her peers is her ability to honor and celebrate every child’s strengths while meeting their academic and social-emotional needs. Lauren’s leadership extends far beyond the four walls of the classroom: as a Lead Teacher, instructional coach and mentor, author of the K-2 literacy curriculum, and host of the ELA club, she helps other teachers in her school excel. She holds classroom celebrations highlighting student work and facilitates ongoing parent meetings to make sure families are included as partners in their children’s education.
All of the winners will receive classroom grants.