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Boston honors teachers of the year

Posted by Patrick Rosso  June 6, 2012 01:43 PM

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(Rear row L to R) Richard Stutman, Boston Teachers Union president; Mayor Thomas M. Menino; Clifford Tetle; Dora Yu; Rosemary George White; Harry “Chuck” Gilliam; Gregory Holt; Patricia Flakes; Jennifer Muhammad; Superintendent Carol Johnson; School Committee Chairman Rev. Gregory G. Groover, Sr. (Front row L to R) Emily Bozeman; Amy Gailunas; Jayme Drzewinski.

Often it is the students at Boston Public Schools who receive all the recognition. But on Wednesday the spotlight was turned on the teachers as they took part in the 12th annual Boston Educators of the Year ceremony.

Eleven teachers were recognized for their hard work, patience, and ability to connect with students at the ceremony held at the Shubert Theatre.

“These teachers are such a great example of what makes Boston a leader in public education,” Mayor Thomas M. Menino said in a statement. “Despite what you hear and read, our schools are on the move, and that is visible in classrooms of these great teachers every day. I’m thrilled to be here honoring 11 great teachers who are tireless advocates for our kids.”

Teachers were nominated by students, parents, and colleagues and selected by a committee.

“Each day our teachers embark on an important journey,” said Superintendent Carol R. Johnson. “It isn’t always the easiest work, or the most glamorous. They don’t always get the praise they deserve, but don’t let all of that fool you, their work is the most important work being done in America today.”

From Dorchester Amy Gailunas a second-grade teacher at the Dr. William W. Henderson Inclusion Elementary School; Harry “Chuck” Gilliam, an eighth-grade teacher of science and Spanish at Richard J. Murphy K-8 School; Clifford Tetle, a music teacher at Oliver Wendell Holmes Elementary School; and Rosemary George White a visual arts teacher at the Henry Dearborn Middle School were all honored for their dedication.

Roxbury and the South End teachers Patricia Flakes, a biology and special education teacher at Madison Park Technical Vocational High School, and Jennifer Muhammad, a fourth-grade teacher at the Joseph Hurley 2-way Bilingual K-8 School were recognized for their commitment to their student’s growth.

Emily Bozeman, an English and special education teacher at Brighton High School; Jayme Drzewinski, a third-grade teacher at Thomas Edison K-8 School; Gregory Holt, director of music at the Boston Arts Academy; and Dora Yu, a math, Chinese, and Sheltered English Instruction teacher at Charlestown High School were recognized for their hard work educating their students.

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