BSCAA Awards Ceremony 2020-21

Thursday, May 20 at 5:30 PM EDT

Each year, the Bank Street College Alumni Association (BSCAA) celebrates excellence in its Graduate School alumni community by recognizing outstanding educators who are making an impact in the field. Awards are presented to nominees who carry out the mission, beliefs, philosophy, and practices of Bank Street College through their work.

We hope you’ll join us to honor these exceptional educators at this year’s awards ceremony, which will be hosted virtually via livestream to allow our honorees, their friends and families, and the larger Bank Street community to tune in safely. See below for more information about the event, including an overview of the evening’s program, more about our award winners, and registration details.

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  • Watch Livestream

    Watch Livestream

    Please tune in on Thursday, May 20 at 5:30 PM EDT to view our livestream.

  • Program Overview

    Program Overview

    Opening Remarks

    Shael Polakow-Suransky, GSE ’00
    President, Bank Street College

    Welcome Remarks

    Cecelia Traugh
    Dean, Graduate School of Education

    Award Presentations

    Presenter: Erica Davis, GSE ’11, President, BSCAA
    Recipient: Jim Clay, GSE ’88, Distinguished Service Award

    Presenter: Margaret Ryan, GSE ’01, Vice President, BSCAA
    Recipients: Martha Andrews, GSE ‘08 & Sasha Wilson, GSE ‘99, ‘12

    Presenter: Becky Scudieri, GSE ‘08, Secretary, BSCAA
    Recipient: Carolyne Quintana, GSE ‘08, BSCAA Recognition Award

    Presenter: Nancy Cardwell, GSE ’88, Representative-at-Large, BSCAA
    Recipient: Ron Azoulay, GSE ‘04, BSCAA Recognition Award

    Presenter: Rabin Nickens, GSE ’05, Representative-at-Large, BSCAA
    Recipient: Princess Francois, GSE ’15, ’20, BSCAA Recent Graduate Award

    Closing Remarks

    Eric Gutierrez
    Director, Alumni Relations

  • Welcome Remarks

    Welcome Remarks

    Shael Polakow-Suransky, GSE ‘00
    President, Bank Street College of Education

    Shael Polakow-Suransky became the eighth president of Bank Street College of Education on July 1, 2014. Prior to this role, he was the second-in-command at the New York City Department of Education, serving as Chief Academic Officer and Senior Deputy Chancellor. In the nation’s largest school system, Shael oversaw teaching and learning across more than 1,600 district schools and was a strong advocate for teacher and principal autonomy, balanced accountability, and reforms designed to improve learning experiences for the City’s most vulnerable students. Earlier in his career, Shael worked as a teacher and founding principal of Bronx International High School. He holds a BA from Brown University, where Ted Sizer was his mentor, and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Bank Street. He is the first alum to serve as Bank Street’s president.

    Cecelia Traugh
    Dean, Bank Street Graduate School of Education

    Cecelia Traugh is the dean of the Graduate School of Education. Throughout her career, Cecelia has combined her roles as a teacher, administrator, and researcher in pursuit of the kind of education that grows out of a valuing of the capacities of children, parents, and teachers. Her areas of concentration include descriptive school-based inquiry, curriculum development and evaluation, and the preparation of teachers for urban schools. Her work includes conducting school-wide inquiry groups in small schools across Manhattan and Brooklyn to investigate issues important to inclusive education and the ongoing development of the schools themselves. Prior to joining Bank Street in 2015, Cecelia served as dean and professor at Long Island University’s School of Education. She began her career teaching high school history and taught at a child detention center in California. She then taught at Wichita State University, where she directed a statewide program offering an urban experience to potential teachers. She worked with Vito Perrone at the University of North Dakota and participated in programs educating Native American teachers for reservation schools. She directed the Middle School at Philadelphia’s Friends Select School and taught graduate courses at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1993, she became the director of research and evaluation at the Institute for Literacy Studies at Lehman College, where she began her school-based inquiry groups and contributed to a monograph series about the work of teachers teaching teachers in New York City. Cecelia holds a BA and MA from UC Riverside and a PhD from UC Berkeley.

  • Meet Our Honorees

    Meet Our Honorees

    Jim Clay, GSE ’88
    BSCAA Distinguished Service Award

    Jim Clay

    James Clay is an early childhood educator. He began working with young children as a Head Start aide for a summer job while in college. Later, in Washington, DC, he taught 2- through 4-year-olds for 10 years before becoming a program director. In 1988, he received his degree in Early Childhood Leadership from Bank Street Graduate School of Education. Jim was the director of School for Friends, a Quaker/Friends preschool in DC, for 33 years. For many years, he was one of the facilitators of the LGBTQ Interest Forum of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, where he also served on the Council for Accreditation of Early Learning Programs and on the workgroup for the Code of Ethical Conduct. In DC, he was a member of the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Early Childhood Development for a decade.

    Jim is a Quaker educator and serves on the board of the Friends Council on Education, which sustains the Quaker spirit in Friends schools in the US. He is an adjunct professor at The City University of New York (CUNY) where he teaches candidates for the Child Development Associate Credential. Also at CUNY, he participates in a team of trainers in Gender and Sexuality in Young Children. He has served on the Bank Street College Alumni Association Advisory Board since 2006, as treasurer, and as president from 2013-19. In DC, he organized over 25 programs for Bank Street alums between 2006 and 2017.  Jim is an amateur musician and loves to sing in choirs.

    Ron Azoulay, GSE ’04
    BSCAA Recognition Award

    Ron AzoulayRon Azoulay began his educational career reflecting on ways to encourage the facilitation of resources and spaces for teachers, families, and students to actively participate in the schools they help to positively shape for learning. He holds a K-12 administrative license and is a graduate of the NYC Leadership Academy. Ron is the founding partner of Khamsa Group, LLC and, in the past two decades, has worked as a first-grade teacher in New York City and Taiwan, a reading coach with the Omaha Public Schools district, and has been in educational leadership consulting roles in both public and private practice while completing his doctorate in education administration from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Born and raised in Israel, Ron is a First Sergeant in the IDF Golani Brigade and is now cancer-free after being diagnosed with Leukemia in 2012.

    Princess Francois, GSE ’15, ’20
    BSCAA Recent Graduate Award

    Princess Francois

    Princess Francois is a Milken Educator Award-winning assistant principal from Brooklyn, New York. Her current work focuses on coaching teachers and instructors to maximize students’ academic and socio-emotional growth, as well as advocating and creating spaces for culturally responsive practices that promote anti-racism, equity, and inclusion in schools. As an assistant principal, she has introduced several initiatives, including revamping professional development and coaching, streamlining academic operations, and vertically aligning every department. On the culture front, she has enhanced school events, including Pi Day and Black History Month, as well as served as an advisor to a small group of students. Previously, Princess served as a high school science teacher in her home neighborhood as a Teach for America NYC corp member.

    Princess holds a bachelor’s degree in History with a Pre-Medical Concentration from Columbia University and master’s degrees from CUNY Hunter College in Adolescent Special Education and Bank Street Graduate School of Education in Educational Leadership. In her personal time, she is a featured travel blogger who shares her expertise on micro-cations, domestic travel, and Black travel. As an avid traveler, she seeks to visit 50 countries and all 50 states before the age of 50.

    Carolyne Quintana, GSE ’08
    BSCAA Recognition Award

    Carolyne Quintana

    Originally from Houston, Texas, Carolyne Quintana’s career in New York City public education began in 2003 as a 9th grade English Language Arts teacher in the Bronx. Carolyne worked as a literacy coach before moving into administration and attributes her approach to leadership to the opportunity to support the development of her peers. In the spring of 2012, Carolyne joined Bronxdale High School as the principal, following two years as the district K-12 literacy coordinator in the White Plains City School District. She immersed herself in leadership development as a new principal support coach, coaching new principals across New York City, before becoming the executive director of the Affinity Schools NYCDOE Citywide Office.

    Carolyne views a collaborative environment as the key to fostering success. Partnerships with parents and community organizations have been an essential part of successfully creating enriching experiences at each of the institutions where she’s been a leader. Along with implementing an inquiry-based approach to teaching and learning, she’s dedicated time and resources to explicitly teaching staff and students useful, research-based strategies to communicate effectively and build a trusting, loving community committed to the growth of adults and young people alike. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas-Austin and master’s degrees from Bank Street College and The New School Graduate Faculty.

    Martha Andrews, GSE ’08, and Sasha Wilson, GSE ’99, ’12
    BSCAA Ida Karp Award

    Sasha Wilson and Martha Andrews

    Martha Andrews is a founding co-director of Bronx Community Charter School. She has been an educator in New York City schools for over 23 years, teaching at P.S. 173M, P.S. 51/The Bronx New School, and Future Leaders Institute Charter School, and then leading Bronx Community Charter School (BxC) for the past 12 years. She earned a BA in Public Policy from Brown University, an MA in Elementary Education from the Steinhardt School of Education at New York University, and an MS in Leadership for Social Change from Bank Street College and City College.

    Sasha Wilson is a founding co-director of Bronx Community Charter School. He has been an educator in public schools in the north-central Bronx for over 23 years. He spent his entire teaching career at P.S. 51/The Bronx New School before co-founding Bronx Community Charter School (BxC), and he is a parent at the school along with being the school leader. He earned a BA in Government from Wesleyan University and both an MS in Elementary Education and an MS in Leadership for Social Change from Bank Street College of Education.

  • Award Descriptions

    Award Descriptions

    BSCAA Distinguished Service Award is presented annually to one or more Bank Street graduates honoring years of service to the College and its alumni and demonstrated dedication and commitment to furthering the beliefs and practices of Bank Street College.

    BSCAA Recognition Award is presented annually to one or more Bank Street graduates honoring outstanding career accomplishments in the field of education which exemplify the spirit and philosophy of Bank Street College.

    BSCAA Ida Karp Award is presented when appropriate, not necessarily every year, to a graduate or non-graduate, such as a faculty member or friend of the College, to honor consistent and outstanding dedication to Bank Street College, its philosophy, and its long term goals.

    BSCAA Recent Graduate Award is presented when deemed appropriate, not necessarily every year, to a Bank Street recent graduate (graduated within the last five years) for outstanding contributions to the field of education.

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