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.