Two East Bay Teachers Earn Prestigious James McBride Teaching Award from the Jonathan D. Krist Foundation
OAKLAND, CA — The Jonathan D. Krist Foundation announced two East Bay teachers as 2017 recipients of the prestigious James McBride Teaching Award. This award recognizes excellent teachers serving in under-resourced communities and recognizes four to six educators throughout the nation each year. These two educators chosen are the first to be selected from California.
The first recipient is Jack Lyons, a sixth grade math teacher from Downtown Charter Academy in Oakland. Lyons attended Piedmont High School and is a graduate of Rutgers University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics.
The second recipient is Janel Park, a second grade teacher from Benito Juarez Elementary in Richmond. Park is a graduate of Mills College and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis in teaching.
Downtown Charter Academy and Benito Juarez Elementary serve approximately 780 students in the East Bay and are both public charter schools under Amethod Public Schools based in Oakland. Their mission is to provide a rigorous college preparatory education and character development program that will prepare students from underserved communities to succeed in college and beyond.
“This James McBride Teaching Award recognizes great teachers and we are so proud that two of our educators are being honored by the Jonathan D. Krist Foundation,” says Evelia Villa, chief academic officer of Amethod Public Schools. “They are an inspiration to not only our students, but our team as well.”
The Jonathan D. Krist Foundation is located in New Hope, Pennsylvania and honors the memory and charitable deeds of Jonathan Krist, a talented musician and student activist at Oberlin College. The James McBride Teaching Award is one of three programs through this foundation and comes with $1,000.00 for each teacher selected.
To learn more about the Jonathan D. Krist Foundartion, visit www.jonathankrist.org.
Amethod Public Schools is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public benefit corporation, founded in Oakland, CA in 1993. They oversee six public charter schools in Oakland and Richmond including Oakland Charter High School, Oakland Charter Academy, Downtown Charter Academy, John Henry High School, Richmond Charter Academy, and Benito Juarez Elementary. The AMPS network flagship school, Oakland Charter Academy, is the oldest charter school in the City of Oakland, and was the twelfth school chartered in the state of California. For more information, visit amethodschools.org.
OAKLAND, CA - Here at AMPS, we believe in providing our educators with a coordinated pathway to success. The Career Path System, which was designed by AMPS Teachers, honors hard work and professional growth allowing educators to advance professionally based on a comprehensive portfolio that demonstrates their effectiveness and impact on students.
After an in-depth review of our 2017 applications, we are proud to announce that 18 of our teachers have earned AMPS Career Path Advancement for the 2017-2018 school year!
Congratulations to the following teachers:
We look forward to seeing all that you and your students will accomplish next year! Thank you again for all that you do for our schools. We are proud to have you on the AMPS team!