Recognizing S.T.E.M. teachers who are making a difference in our classrooms and communities for the second consecutive year, NBC 4 New York and Telemundo 47 announced that nominations are being accepted for theirWeather Kids Star Teacher award program. Presented by Raymour & Flanigan, Tri-State parents, students, community leaders and fellow educators can visit nbcnewyork.com/weatherkids or telemundo47.com/ninosdeltiempo to review full contest rules and nominate their favorite educators through December 31.
“Our Star Teachers are the ultimate change agents, combining a passion for S.T.E.M. education with strong character and a record of results. They are role models and represent the very best in our communities. We look forward to recognizing these unsung heroes and celebrating their many achievements,” said Eric Lerner, President and General Manager of NBC 4 New York.
The Weather Kids Star Teacher awards program builds on NBC 4 New York and Telemundo 47’s popularWeather Kids/Niños del Tiempo classroom-based weather education program, which augments existing science and technology instruction to provide a “real world” look at weather forecasting for local elementary school students. To date, weather experts from both stations made over 40 visits to classrooms and museums in 12 Tri-State counties. More than 2,600 students have participated in the program during this time.
“Here at Telemundo 47, ourLa Autoridad en El Tiempo weather team takes great pride in sharing their knowledge with students, teachers and the many communities we serve. Their passion is a result of the many teachers who forged their life-long interest in the sciences. Awarding a new class of Star Teachers and publicly celebrating their achievements is a very important way to ‘pay it forward’ and continue thanking the educators who have gone the extra mile for their students,” said Cristina Schwarz, President and General Manager of Telemundo 47.
When submitting their on-line nomination, individuals will have the opportunity to list the many reasons why a specific science, technology, engineering or math teachers is deserving of the honor. Nominees are encouraged to be specific and share an original story that truly encapsulates who that teacher is deserving of this honor.
Four Tri-State teachers will be selected for the awards, with each receiving a special visit fromStorm Team 4 and La Autoridad En El Tiempo representatives in March 2020. In addition to commemorative plaques for the winning teacher and their school, NBC 4 New York and Telemundo 47 will donate $1,000 to the school of each winning teacher, benefitting the learning needs of the winning teacher’s students.
Thanks to the generosity of “Weather Kids Star Teacher Awards” presenting sponsor Raymour & Flanigan, a surprise gift will also be made benefitting the classroom and school of the winning teacher.
“We are proud to celebrate the accomplishments of our Star Teachers and support S.T.E.M. education in our Tri-State communities. Our partnership with NBC 4 New York and Telemundo 47 forWeather Kids Star Teacher Awards and theSupporting our Schools school supply drive provides another important platform for Raymour & Flanigan to give back and show our appreciation for impactful leaders in the communities we serve,” said Elisabeth Dwyer, Director of Media and Special Events for Raymour & Flanigan.
Earlier this year, NBC 4 New York and Telemundo 47 honored three Tri-State educators with theWeather Kids Star Teacher award. They included:
- Ann Cervone, STREAM Integrator at Christ the Teacher School in Fort Lee, NJ;
- Greg Grambo, NASA employee turned Science and Technology Teacher at Louis Armstrong Middle School in East Elmhurst, NY;
- Brent Smart, Science Team Leader at Brownsville Ascend Lower School in Brooklyn, NY