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Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Management Corporate Communications program made a $1000 donation to Cardinal Hayes.
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Cardinal Hayes honor students

Cardinal Hayes sent the following message of congratulations:

Congratulations to the senior honor students who participated in Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business Corporate Communications Showcase.

A special thanks to Donna Rapaccioli, Donald Almeida, Al Salvatico, Professor Clarence Ball III, Rui Guiamaeres, Alvin Smith, president of AA Smith & Associates, LLC and Arto Woodley, executive director of Center for Community Engaged Learning.

Local Educator Wins Award

David Roush, a high school media communications teacher at Truman High School who lives in Throggs Neck, was one of 17 winners citywide of NYC Department of Education’s 2019 Big Apple Awards for excellence in teaching.

I didn’t choose teaching; teaching chose me, said Roush.

According to the DOE: Roush makes the classroom feel like a real television production studio, holding five-minute ‘staff meetings,’ and then releasing students to complete their work.

He goes above and beyond to create opportunities for his students, like coordinating a Saturday morning internship program with CBS News.

Classmates hold each other accountable for their successes through a positive and safe environment that supports and accelerates learning.

Emilie Jones-McAdams, a middle school English Language Arts Teacher at I.S. 303, won the same award.

According to the DOE: Jones-McAdams is the founder of I.S. 303’s first ever Gay Straight Alliance, which planned and facilitated a student panel discussion at the school’s most recent Women’s Summit in March.

Jones-McAdams stated: As a gay, southern woman who teaches in New York City, I place an importance on my classroom identities and how celebrating and understanding a range of identities is essential.

Amanda Palmieri, a Special Education teacher at P.S. 10, took home a Big Apple Award as well.

According to the DOE: Palmieri’s enthusiasm for teaching is infectious and can be felt the moment you walk into her classroom.

She develops relationships with her students based on respect, bringing her genuine and most authentic self to the classroom every day.

Her rigorous instruction, ongoing feedback, and emphasis on self-monitoring and personal accountability skills have resulted in impressive academic and social gains.

Many of her students will move on to general educational settings next year.

Danielle Tutelian, a high school Mathematics teacher at Bronx High School of Business, won the award as well.

According to DOE: Tutelian became a teacher because she wanted to instill the same passion she has for learning into others.

Students are held to high expectations, and are given opportunities to take on leadership roles within the classroom.

Through the Teacher Assistant Scholar Program, Tutelian is training the next generation of math teachers by empowering students to become teacher assistants.

Tutelian devotes a period every morning to meet with students and support them in planning effective student-led lessons.

Reach Reporter Patrick Rocchio at (718) 260-4597. E-mail him at Follow him on Twitter @patrickfrocchio.

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