LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--On Saturday, some 250 prominent educators, thought leaders, and education advocates, came to Washington, D.C., from around the nation to be part of the second annual Bammy Awards honoring the entire education village. The honors, held at the Arena Stage at the Mead center, and presented by the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences, attracted support from a wide swath of the education community. Among the presenters and honorees were professor Nancy Carlsson-Paige; NEA president Dennis Van Roekel; Brian Lewis, CEO of ISTE; award-winning education reporter John Merrow; AFT president Randi Weingarten; Alica Levi, a senior executive from PBS Learning Media; Andrew Ko, general manager of Microsoft Education; the entire board of the Edcamp Foundation; the executive director of the Northeast Foundation for Children/Responsive Classroom; and the executive directors of several of the national education associations. Additionally, over 7,000 people watched the event online.
The Bammy Award statuette was presented to 26 educators and education professionals as standard bearers for the part of the education community they represent. A memorial Bammy Award was presented to Kaitlin Roig, which she accepted in memory of the fallen educators at Sandy Hook Elementary. The highlight of the evening was the Bammy Award for Student Initiative presented to Mallory Fundora for her work in raising money and support for children in Uganda. The awards presented live on Saturday night included:
Devin Black, School Librarian, NYC Department of Education
Tony Sinanis, Elementary School Principal, Jericho, NY
Erica Parrotte, Head Start Staff member, Washington County
Sara Cattone, Parent Group Leader, NYC Department of Education
David Pickler, National School Board member, Tennessee
James Ewing, Innovator of the Year, Highline School District
Kathleen Schilder, School Nurse, Francis A Desmares Elementary
Marilyn Rhames, Blogger/Commentator, Chicago charter school teacher
Steve Dembo, School Technology Support, Discovery Educator Network
Eric Sheninger, Secondary School Principal, Bergen County, NJ
Pam Moran, School Superintendent, Charlottesville, VA
In addition, Lifetime Achievement Bammy Awards were presented to Nancy Carlsson-Paige, Lesley University professor emeritus, and Randi Weingarten, president, American Federation of Teachers. Special Achievement honors went to Anne Leanes, Mary Beth Hertz, Kevin Jarrett, Kim Sivick, Kristen Swanson, Hadley Ferguson, Dave Callahan, Chrisse Miles and Mike Ritzius, founders of Edcamp. A special achievement Bammy award also went to Tom Whitby, Shelly Terrell and Steven Anderson. The Northeast Foundation presented the award for innovative leadership to Jenniffer Buffet of NoVo. The first Edtech Bammy Awards went to Edmodo, Evernote and Drop Box. In all, 34 awards were presented this year.
“I’m more excited this year…There’s a lot of good work that’s being done and I think that when we recognize that on the part of so many of the people that are involved in education--it’s good for education, it's good for the people, it’s good for morale,” said Dan Domenech, executive director of the American Association of School Administrators.
“I love this concept; I think it’s incredible…[Teachers are] making a great impact. We need to celebrate them as heroes and the superstars that they are,” said Andrew Ko, general manager of Microsoft Education.
“The Bammy Awards are a much needed recognition of what educators are doing. There is no way to make a list of people or to present awards that will make everybody happy. But just the idea that the Bammy is recognizing educators, I think lifts us all up,” said Tom Whitby, founder of Edchat.
“I feel like winning this award means that people take me seriously for the work that I am doing, instead of looking at me like I'm just a kid. I want people in the room -- since they are in education -- to understand that there are other kids like me in their classrooms and they could be overlooking them every day. After my teachers found out that I won a Bammy, it’s like they realize that I am for real,” said Mallory Fundora, the first student to receive a Bammy Award.
For photo galleries, video clips and the full list of honorees or to learn more about the Bammy Awards go to www.bammyawards.org.