FRANK MCCOURT PRIZE FOR EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING
TEACHERS IN ALL DISCIPLINES
This Award honors the spirit of Frank McCourt, who was a teacher himself in New York City schools for over thirty years before achieving fame with the publication of his Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir, Angela’s Ashes. Despite the immense success of this book and its two sequels, ’Tis and Teacher Man, Frank McCourt remained a teacher at heart. As a resident of Roxbury, McCourt gave generously of his time, talents, and energy to ASAP! and other local causes. He was instrumental in establishing the ASAP!’s Celebration of Young Writers and making it the wonderful and important event it is today.
The chief goal of the annually awarded Frank McCourt Prize for Excellence in Teaching is to recognize teachers whose imaginative assignments and techniques have inspired students to become enthusiastic learners. A secondary goal is to find and promote ideas and practices that can be adopted by other teachers.
The Frank McCourt Prize for Excellence in Teaching is presented annually – details about this year’s event TBD.
ANNOUNCEMENT FOR 2020
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, this year ASAP! will suspend The Frank McCourt Prize for Excellence in Teaching.
ASAP! is offering our sincere gratitude to all of the teachers nominated. Your heroic acts of bringing hope, providing encouragement, and daring your students to dream beyond the four walls of the classroom have been recognized by someone in your life, and ASAP! wants to say THANK YOU!
The Frank McCourt Prize for Excellence in Teaching 2020 Nominees: Erin Brunson, Joel Pardalis, Debra Benedict, Thomas Salvador, Stacy Clark, Michael Syrotiak, Waltrina Kirkland-Mullins, Jacqui Collentine, Vallerie Gorman, Bunny Mensinger, Linda Cervone, Richard Broggini, and Matthew Kandel.
All nominees from 2020 will be invited to submit an application in 2021.
WE CELEBRATE THE LEGACY OF ROBERT J. FELEKEY, WINNER OF THE 2019 FRANK MCCOURT PRIZE
Bob Felekey was in his 15th year as a Physical Science Teacher in 8th grade at King Philip Middle School in West Hartford. He was the Founder of the West Hartford Hiking Club, the KP Science Club and co-founder of the West Hartford Girls Who Code Club. He received fellowships from the Yale-Peabody Museum, 3M TWIST Program, and UCONN School of Engineering DaVinci and Joule Programs. He received the CT Science Center Teacher Ambassador Award and was certified in the NGSS Exemplar Program and as an Instructor in Sun Do and “Move, Breathe and Smile.” He received numerous grants ranging from the National Science Foundation, National Park Service, West Hartford Foundation for Public Schools, King Philip PTO and donorschoose.org. He taught in the MIT ZeroRobotics program offered at CCSU and at the Florence E. Smith STEM School in the STEAM PM Program. He was recently honored as the Educator of the Game by the Hartford Yard Goats. We join Robert Felekey’s students in celebrating his life.
CELEBRATION OF YOUNG WRITERS
AUGUST 30, 2020, AT 4:00 PM
ASAP! will premiere our pre-recorded event featuring our host Congresswoman Jahana Hayes and the top 12 young writers of 2020.
JULY 27 - AUGUST 7, 2020
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