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Call for Nominations: Teachers of the Year

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano today announced the Yonkers Kiwanis Club in collaboration with the City of Yonkers and Yonkers Board of Education will present the 2023 Teacher of the Year Awards to three deserving members of the Yonkers Public Schools’ faculty. Nominations can be submitted by students, parents, teachers and administrators today through March 1 at


Established in 1956, the Teacher of the Year Award celebrates Yonkers teachers who further excellence in education.  A committee comprised of members of the Yonkers Kiwanis Club and Trustees of the Board of Education selects the honorees.


“Teachers do some of the most important and amazing work in our community and they deserve to be recognized with honor,” said Mayor Spano. “The partnership between the City, the Yonkers Kiwanis Club and the Yonkers Board of Education celebrates the exceptional dedication and commitment of our everyday heroes in the classroom and, at times, even beyond the classroom.”


“In every Yonkers school, teachers create meaningful age-appropriate learning experiences leveraging technology to support and nurture our children’s curiosity, social-emotional and academic growth,” noted Superintendent of Schools Dr. Edwin M. Quezada. “Great teachers respect and believe that every child possesses something special and has the ability to reach their potential. As a community of learners, let's embrace this opportunity to appreciate and celebrate the diversity and talents of great Yonkers teachers.” 


Board of Education President Rev. Steve Lopez added, “The Trustees are intentional about taking every opportunity to recognize the outstanding work of our teachers. This annual partnership with Kiwanis and Mayor Spano brings together everyone in Yonkers to recognize the hard work and commitment of Yonkers teachers. Everyone remembers great teachers who not only creatively taught us but truly cared about us. We are confident that these are the teachers who will be nominated this year.”  


Three Yonkers Public Schools teachers, representing the elementary, middle and high school levels will be selected. Students, parents, teachers and administrators are encouraged to nominate a teacher at Eligibility requirements for selection as Teacher of the Year include employment as a teacher in the Yonkers Public Schools for at least five years; demonstration of dedication to the teaching profession which has led his/her students to both knowledge and understanding; and initiation of new, meaningful programs for either students, teachers or parents, or been innovative in the use of existing programs, and display significant community involvement.


"The Yonkers Kiwanis Club is once again honored to sponsor the prestigious Teacher of the Year’ award,” said Ralph J. Vasami, Yonkers Kiwanis President. “We are proud to have the opportunity to join the City of Yonkers and the Board of Education to honor these deserving Yonkers Public School teachers for their exceptional and dedicated service.”


Online nominations must be submitted by March 1 at 5PM.