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58 teachers to receive Lindback Foundation award

This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week, and on Tuesday, 58 Philadelphia teachers, one from each District high school, will receive the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation’s Distinguished Teaching Award.

The honorees will join Superintendent William Hite, School Reform Commission Chair Marjorie Neff, Mayor Kenney, and Lindback Foundation trustees Sheldon M. Bonovitz, David E. Loder, and Reginald J. Middleton, and others for the celebration. The event will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Prince Music Theater.

This marks the ninth annual presentation of the award. Winners were nominated by their colleagues and students, and endorsed by their principals. Each honoree will receive a $3,500 prize.

In April, the Lindback Foundation honored seven principals for their contributions to students, faculty, and staff members.

Here are this year’s recipients and their respective schools:

School Teacher
A. Philip Randolph Career and Technical High School Brian McCracken
Abraham Lincoln High School Erica Swift
Academy at Palumbo Mary Wang
Arts Academy at Benjamin Rush Sunny Bavaro
Benjamin Franklin High School Jennifer Barry
Building 21 Thomas Emerson
Central High School Kenneth Hung
Constitution High School George Davis Greene
Frankford High School Katherine Cappetta
Franklin Learning Center Michelle Frank
George Washington Carver High School of Engineering and Science Dr. Amitabha Basu
George Washington High School Jeanne Carroll
Girard Academic Music Program Jared Ruddick
High School of the Future Brett Zaba
Hill-Freedman High School Tara Ann Carter
Horace H. Furness High School Valerie Nelsen
John Bartram High School Robert Thomas
Jules E. Mastbaum Technical High School Angelo Forgione
Julia R. Masterman High School Elizabeth Taylor
Kensington High School for the Creative and Performing Arts Joseph Parker
Kensington Health Sciences Academy Luci Bower
Kensington International School of Business, Finance & Entrepreneurship Catherine Cloak
Kensington Urban Education Academy Mona Bradwell
Lankenau High School Herbert Scoll
Martin Luther King High School Valarie Richardson
Motivation High School Amish Shah
Murrell Dobbins Career and Technical Education High School John McGlaughlin
Northeast High School Elana Friedman-Lope
Overbrook High School Joanna Betts
Parkway Center City High School Leo Mullen
Parkway Northwest High School Amanda McCaw
Parkway West High School Arlene Capers
Paul Robeson High School for Human Services Matthew Beyerle
Penn Treaty High School Lorraine Fortino
Pennypack House School Hassania Moody
Philadelphia High School for Girls Louis Austin
Philadelphia Juvenile Justice Services Center Andrew LeCompte
Philadelphia Learning Academy North Rosalind Williams
Philadelphia Learning Academy South Winnie Kwan
Philadelphia Military Academy Daniel McMonagle
Philadelphia Virtual Academy Dean Brad Layman
Roxborough High School Kate Verica
Samuel S. Fels High School Edward Mullen
Science Leadership Academy Douglas Herman
Science Leadership Academy at Beeber Sarah Landman
South Philadelphia High School Denise Powell
Strawberry Mansion High School Keith Westbrook
Swenson Arts and Technology High School Julie Ann Woodlin
The Linc Justin Deutsch
The Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts Jennifer Kramny
The U School Charles McGeehan
The Workshop School Katrina Clark
Thomas Alva Edison High School Christie Parfitt
Walter Biddle Saul High School of Agricultural Science Joseph Mbura
West Philadelphia High School Sharlynne Cloud
Widener Memorial School Maria Rogers
William L. Sayre High School Ebony Lynn Hollingsworth
William W. Bodine High School for International Affairs Melanie Keiper