Our Finalist/First Runner-Up goes to Nerissa Linell "Joy" Calub, Ed.D., Ph.D., Teacher of Sheephead Bay High School, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A., and the AFTEA, INC. Consultant, and Founding Officer/Initial Director of the corporation.
Dr. Calub is one of the most prolific educators, who was recruited under the New York City DOE’s International Teacher Program, from the Philippines who never had a full instructional program the moment she started as a Special Education/ELA teacher at Sheepshead Bay High School in 2004. With a very exhaustive educational management background in the Philippines and the willingness to learn a new academic system particularly on special education matters, Dr. Calub was immediately appointed as the Coordinator of her school’s New York State Alternate Assessment Program and the Coordinator of the Special Education Teacher Support Services (SETSS). The successes and the good feedback on how the two programs were operated under the helm of Dr. Calub led Principal Reesa Levy to appoint her as the Department Head of the Independent Study Program which is a technology-based, highly-interactive curriculum specifically designed for severely at-risk students who have believed that the regular school setting is not a venue for them to recover or obtain credits and then earn a high school diploma which will help them transition to college and the world of work.
Provided with all the essential technology resources and a state-of-the-art, standards-driven curriculum under the Plato Learning Environment’s Secondary Solutions, Dr. Calub did not hesitate to pioneer the implementation of the Independent Study Program in 2007 which had 110 students as its first batch and 8 subject specialists closely collaborating with her. Dr Calub took the leadership, in close coordination with the stakeholders like assistant principals, guidance counselors, related service providers, parents, and the under-credited students themselves, in planning and developing the systems required in line with orientation, enrollment, academic counseling, progress tracking, credit accrual, and even preparation of the student-clientele for high-stakes assessments like the SAT and the New York State Regents examinations. Dr. Calub also took the initiative to immerse the students to other online learning systems to further enrich the program’s web-initiated teaching-learning instructional approach.
The only mechanism that the online Independent Study Program’s success could be measured was on the student’s participation and graduation rates which certainly surpassed expectations. Through the early years of its implementation, between 90-98% of the at-risk student-clientele were able to avail of the program’s alternate path for high school success by obtaining their high school diploma on time with their batch mates. Dr. Calub was recognized for taking a leap of faith in accepting the challenge of overseeing the program and ensuring the realization of its objective – providing severely under-credited students a technology-based pathway to satisfy academic requirements for on-time high school graduation. Hence, Dr. Calub was nominated and eventually represented New York City and New York state to the highly-competitive 2009 U.S. National Inspired Leadership Awards sponsored by Plato Learning Environment which earned her a national finalist spot for having been declared as the first runner-up awardee.
Dr. Calub transferred to School for Classics in 2012 and pioneered its online Independent Study Program as an after-school academic program as well as the department lead of Special Education, Transition Planning Services and New York State Alternate Assessment. She has sustained her passion to ensure that at-risk students, either in the general education or special education programs, obtain their high school diploma on time or better prepared for college and their future career. Currently, Dr. Calub sits on a per-diem basis in the New York State Education Department’s Teacher Certification Review Committee. Having completed with flying colors the Leadership Academy and even with the NYSED-issued school and district leadership licenses under her belt, Dr. Calub has taken careful steps to decide in changing career paths in this time of her professional life. Certainly, she has the best of both worlds as going back to the Philippines is also a no-nonsense option as she has the Career Executive Service Officer (CESO) credentials to be appointed in any directorship position in the Department of Education or in any of the departments.
This AWARD goes to Professor Edgardo Castro, M.S. Ed, ELL Teacher
Kiptopeke English Language Learner teacher Edgardo 'Gary' Castro confers with student Jose Gomez in Stacee Bell's 5th grade classroom. Castro was appointed by Gov. Bob McDonnell from over 500 applicants for his Teacher Cabinet. The group has a Nov. 15 deadline to deliver to the governor a set of recommendations for improving the quality of instruction, reducing administrative burdens for teachers, and involving parents and the community in education.
Kiptopeke Principal Subrina Owens-Parker was pleased with the appointment.
“Mr. Castro was selected as Teacher of the Year not only for this building, but he was the school division’s Teacher of the Year as well,” she said. “What better candidate to have than your finest in the Teacher’s Cabinet?"
Mr. Castro said, as an English language learners (ELL) teacher in one of the rural schools in the Commonwealth of Virginia, in which, 18% of our school's population are mostly Hispanics it is highly critical to teach both language and content especially the wide range of proficiency in English language levels of our ELLs in four domains: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Thus, embedded language and content lessons are inseparable in Reading, Math, Science, and Social Studies.
However, my 9 years experience as a general classroom teacher (3rd, 2nd, 5th, and 6th grades) has helped me tremendously to cater the needs of my ELLs. For instance, I would implement a differentiated remediation activities that focus with specificity of certain skill/s both language and content of the lesson. On the other hand, while teaching the skill to my ELLs it is my rule of thumb to differentiate the presentation styles, such as, I would present the lesson in multimodal strategy that will capture their interests in audio(listening) - teacher talking with realia or props and video presentation - so my ELLs will be able to see and hear at the same time the importance of the skill/topic, then, I would relate it to authentic, realistic, outside of the school experience. At the end of the day, I would reflect what strategies worked best and how I can improve my teaching to better enhance my ELLs student achievement.
This Award goes to
AP Biology, Science Research Teacher
Sheepshead Bay High School
In 2004, when Professor arrived at Sheepshead Bay High School as a foreign teaching recruit from the Philippines, student science research was virtually defunct. The rest of the school was not doing any better. In the past seven years the school has made a giant shift, and Ms. was part of the team that engineered the dramatic turnaround. Sheepshead Bay now boasts a science curriculum and research program with real credibility.
Ms. has propelled her students—and other students at the school—to pursue science research through projects, competitions, and summer research programs at CUNY, all of which have influenced their career choices. “Because of her there were science students that excelled,” said a former student, now a biology major at Brooklyn College. And as part of Sheepshead Bay’s “restart” effort, Ms. is coordinating its new Science Research Academy, which offers students the opportunity to take additional science courses—marine science, aviation, biodiversity, meteorology, geology—throughout their four years. “She’s got a spirit that’s so lively and upbeat that you’re happy to be there, even though it’s AP biology first period,” said a junior.
Mayette Timblaco Geraldino, Ph.D., the AFTEA, INC. Consultant
From the International Society of Poets, these AWARDS are presented to Roger P. Cuerquez, Ph.D. (ABD), the AFTEA, INC. Secretary.
In fact, Prof. Cuerquez authors a book on poetry entitled, "Scratches of Life", a literature which is the immortal part of history where artists, sculptors, designers, essayists, poets, etc. draw vague yet quenching ideas to express what needs to be learned, to share things that are thought provoking and to give way to modern perceptions.
The author hopes that this work will be useful to the reader who searches life by its mysteries, of its complexities and for what it is; and to those whose goal is nothing but to learn.
This award goes to Prof. Aristides Uy
A brilliant mathematician, originally from the Philippines, Aristides Uy could have taught at a specialized school. Wanting to have the greatest impact, however, he chose the International Community High School (ICHS) in the South Bronx, where all the students are recent immigrants. Compassionate and patient, Mr. Uy combines a highly structured, but participatory, classroom approach with innovative, hands-on projects. He built a unit on the "Jeepney" commuter system in the Philippines; another had students design and construct, with goggles and blowtorches, a plumbing system. A former student, now in college, says, "He lives his job and lives for his students, and because of that, he became the role model I needed. I owe him everything."
NYC DOE EXCELLENCE IN SCHOOL TECHNOLOGY AWARDEE: Prof. Marvin Cadornigara
Mr. Marvin Cadornigara, the AFTEA, INC. active member, wishes to share his workshop and professional development presentations to fellow teachers and all other people who believe that one's failures in education are a learned treasures of the past while one's successes need to be celebrated with the world!
Dr. Alma E. Ang, the President/Chairman of the Association of Filipino Teachers in Eastern America, Inc. (AFTEA, INC.), Washington D.C. chapter, committed to serve the educational community at the University of San Jose Recoletos, Faculty Association, Inc., Cebu City, Philippines by sharing with them her valuable time and expertise on the Updates of American Educational System as Resource Person that was held on September 5, 2014.
Goes to Prof. Marvin Cadornigara...
This award honors individuals who apply best practices in technology and education in New York City Department of Education Public Schools. Marvin Cadornigara, science teacher, and the only Filipino teacher, is one of the 17 recipients, who received this Excellence in School Technology Awards in New York City.
7th and 8th grade Math teacher, Renaissance Charter School (84Q705)
Ramil Buenaventura moved to New York after 13 years as a school teacher and administrator in the Philippines. With ten years under his belt working here, his classroom provides exceptional examples of integrating mathematical practices and common core standards into math lessons. Ramil uses project-based learning, "pi" challenges, and student-created videos to help his class achieve. And he continues to maintain a close relationship with his country of origin: After Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines last fall, he coordinated a School Relief Drive for victims with his advisory class. All of his efforts, Ramil says, are worth it for the success he sees in his students: “This is the essence of why I am a teacher. As I see these gains and successes, they challenge me to gain more so I can give more.”
The New York City Department of Education Chancellor, Carmen Farina (right), was present during this momentous event to congratulate Prof. Ramil Buenaventura, the awardee, upon receiving the NYC Big Apple Award.
The United Federation of Teachers (UFT) President Michael Mulgrew, also joined and congratulated the 2014 NYC DOE Big Apple Awards recipients, including Prof. Ramil Buenaventura (wearing a white long-sleeve), for their spectacular achievements in the field of education.
My "Balik Turo" mission to the Electromechanic Students of CITE (Center for Industrial Technology and Enterprise), Technical Institute, Cebu City, Philippines. Title of seminar: "Mathematics Behind image compression."
I am one of the five teachers (out of 80,000 NYC educators) featured "TOP OF THEIR CLASS" in the September 7, 2009 issue of the NY Daily News paper.
I was chosen because of the award-winning Merging English and Math (MEM) interdisciplinary curriculum that I co-authored and implemented last year in the 9th grade English and Algebra classes. The result must have been good because teachers from different schools in Manhattan and the Bronx were sent by their principals to observe our MEM classes.
Due to the literacy component of the program, our principal recommended the MEM curriculum to the NYSEC 2008-2009 Search for Program of Excellence in English Language Literature. The evaluators were impressed by the integration of Math and English in our classrooms, and more so on making classic novels like "To Kill A Mockingbird" timely and relevant through the math applications. Hence, the NYSEC award.
On October 22, a colleague and I were presenting our project in Albany during the annual conference of the NY State English Council.
I just did it! I happily delivered my presentation to high caliber scholars, teachers, scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and technical people at the City College of New York - Shepard Hall. It was awesome!
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR
To extend to the teaching community one’s joys and successes in the classroom pedagogy is indeed a rewarding experience. To share such with our Filipino teachers back in our country is even more fulfilling.
To some of us who do not get the prized chance to go home and participate in the Balik Turo program, the opportunity can still be afforded in the city.
I celebrated my students’ project achievements for the first time in
In 2011, along with a colleague, I again conducted a workshop during the 13th Teacher-to-Teacher conference, sponsored by the New York City Writing Project and held at the
I had the chance to conduct three workshop presentations this year, starting with “The Use of ICTs in Enhancing Scientific Inquiry toward the New Literacies” during the 36th Annual SCONYC Conference at the
The second workshop done this year was in collaboration with many other teacher- presenters during the New York Institute of Technology’s “2013 NYIT Cyber-Enabled Learning Institute” held at the New York Institute of Technology Manhattan Campus. In this presentation, the use of Edmodo as a social networking class webpage was discussed. The usefulness of Edmodo as an opportunity for sharing and interacting among students while they were learning the new literacies, utilizing the information and communication technologies learned in class, and achieving a higher level of scientific inquiry among the students was also presented and endorsed.
The third one done this year was titled “ICTs: Writing Tools in the Science Classroom”, and was presented at the New York City Writing Project’s 15th Teacher-to-Teacher conference at the
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There are some Filipino volunteer teachers in the East Coast of Eastern America who have shared with us the importance of giving back something, academically and professionally, to our motherland. This educational service of giving a piece of expertise to the Philippines includes teacher training program, the AFTEA, INC. one of the projects in the 21st Century. The lecturers are:
Name of volunteer teachers Year(s) of service Location (s)
Davao City, Bukidnon,
Malaybalay City, Valencia City,
Davao del Norte & Quezon City
The Regional Teacher Education Student Congress sponsored by PAFTE hosted about 2,000 participants coming from 53 colleges/universities with Teacher Education in the Philippine Republic's Region X, Northern Mindanao, which comprises five provinces and nine cities, namely: 1.) Bukidnon with Valencia City and Malaybalay City; 2.) Camiguin; 3.) Lanao del Norte with Iligan City; 4.) Misamis Occidental with Oroquita City, Tangub City, and Ozamis City, and; 5.) Misamis Oriental with Cagayan de Oro City, Gingoog City, and El Salvador City.
AFTEA, INC. Member: Prof. Roger Cuerquez
Participants: Student teaching directors, teachers, and student teachers
"Return to Teach" Summer 2012 in the Philippines
AFTEA, INC. Member: Mr. Pancho Bernaldez
Participants: Student teaching directors, teachers, and student teachers
"Return to Teach" Summer 2012 in the Philippines
We have sincerely appreciated the contributors who have rendered invaluable service during the AFTEA, INC.'s "Balik Turo" Summer 2012. This special acknowledgement goes to:
Contributors who have rendered invaluable service during the AFTEA, INC.'s "Balik Turo" 2009:
Balik Turo Program of AFTEA, shared to Instructors and to the Information Technology Students at CITE Technical Institute, Cebu City, Philippines
Topic: Mathematics Behind Image Compression: JPEG compression