Yale Educator Award Winners

The Yale Office of Undergraduate Admissions has the distinct pleasure of recognizing the following educators as recipients of the 2013 Yale Educator Award. The Yale Educator Recognition Program recognizes outstanding educators from around the world who have supported and inspired their students to achieve at high levels. Matriculating students are invited to nominate high school educators, and a committee composed of Yale admissions officers reviews the nominations individually and designates recipients. Of this year’s 210 nominees, who represent 36 states and 13 countries, 52 teachers and 38 counselors were selected to receive the award. In September, the winners were sent engraved desk sets and congratulatory letters, and administrators of the high schools were notified of their achievement.

The entire Yale Admissions Office credits the excellent quality of the Yale student body to educators like these, who shape their students long before they attend Yale, and would like to thank these and all educators for their ongoing efforts in motivating and supporting their students.

Award Winner Subject/Title Nominated By Secondary School State
Ms. Mim Heinrichs Spanish Isabella Blakeman Fayetteville High School AR
Mrs. Teri Heard Counselor Miranda McKay Academy of Our Lady of Peace CA
Ms. Robyn Ramsay Counselor Akash Salam Arroyo Grande High School CA
Mr. Sam Vonderheide Mathematics Akash Salam Arroyo Grande High School CA
Ms. Michelle Kaye Counselor Laina Do Burbank High School CA
Ms. Jessica Coulson Counselor Grace Pan Dougherty Valley High School CA
Ms. Michelle Wilson English Grace Pan Dougherty Valley High School CA
Mr. Daniel Wolf-Root Mathematics Genevieve Simmons El Cerrito High CA
Mr. Miguel Ramon English Cathleen Calderon Granada Hills Charter High School CA
Mr. Kelly Farland Counselor Misael Cabrera Loyola High School CA
Mr. Lance Keller English Magdaleno Mora Orange Glen High Schol CA
Mr. Chris Mullin History/Latin Dane Underwood Santa Ynez Valley Union High School CA
Ms. Robin Oliver Counselor Alexander Cruz Sonora High School CA
Mr. Jason Roberts Counselor Cameron Yick Academy of IT and Engineering CT
Mrs. Patty Pires Counselor Kevin Pirruccio Berlin High School CT
Mr. Leszek Ward Literature Alondra Arguello New Haven Academy CT
Mr. J. Douglas Winters Biology Vishakha Negi Trumbull High School CT
Ms. Cassandra K. Marcella Fine Arts/Band Brenda Calderon West Haven High School CT
Mrs. Emily Grosshuesch Social Studies Abdul-Razak Zachariah West Haven High School CT
Mrs. Holly Benedetti Counselor Abdul-Razak Zachariah West Haven High School CT
Ms. Kathleen McWilliams Counselor Kerry Burke-McCloud Duncan U. Fletcher High School FL
Mrs. Donna Amelkin English Elizabeth Miles Stoneman Douglas High School FL
Mr. Brad Sanders Math Juliette Grantham Bleckley County High School GA
Mr. Garin Berry Human Geography Yonas Takele Mountain View High School GA
Ms. Dayna Kaneshiro Counselor Jamie Ko Roosevelt High School HI
Mr. Steve Avellana English Jamie Ko Roosevelt High School HI
Mr. Alexander Hughes Counselor Saisneha Koppaka Northside College Prep IL
Ms. Brandi Ambrose Counselor Irina Gavrilova  Oak Park and River Forest High School IL
Mr. Trey Fisk Physics  Evelyn Behling Rockford Lutheran High School IL
Mr. Stephen Traphagen Biology Celina Chiodo Rolling Meadows High School  IL
Mrs. Amy Hamilton Counselor Alison Mansfield  Homestead High School  IN
Mr. Brad Miller  Counselor  Julia Carnes  Perry Meridian High School  IN
Ms. Kimberly Sonnich  AVID  Leobardo Espinoza Topeka High School  KS
Mr. Nathan Mees Literature/Film Seungju Hwang  Washburn Rural High School  KS
Mrs. Susana Prochaska Counselor  Seungju Hwang  Washburn Rural High School  KS
Mr. Michael Lee English Leigh Vila  New Orleans Center for Creative Arts LA
Mrs. Catherine Tanguis  English  Aretha Guo  Northshore High School  LA
Mrs. Pauline Calderone  Counselor  Aretha Guo  Northshore High School  LA
Mr. Bill Noeth  Math  Timothy Cox  Acton Boxborough Regional High School  MA
Mrs. Julie Little  Counselor  Analia Cuevas-Ferreras  Attleboro High School  MA
Mr. Larry Carpenter  History  Analia Cuevas-Ferreras  Attleboro High School  MA
Ms. Irene Mahoney  Biology Constance Beck-Treadway  Chelsea High School  MA
Mr. Donald Barry  Math  Justin Wang  Phillips Academy  MA
Mrs. Courtnay Malcolm  Social Studies  Brahm Gardner  Sharon High School  MA
Mr. Marcelino Bedolla  Counselor  Aristides Hadjipanteli  Annapolis High School  MD
Mr. Peter Vose  English  Emma Sapat  Falmouth High School  ME
Mrs. Yvonne Griffin  Counselor  Frederic Nicholas  Renaissance High School  MI
Ms. Cheryl Duncan  Social Studies  Jacob Neis  Minnetonka High School  MN
Mr. Matt Horel Counselor  Emmet Hedin  Winona Senior High School  MN
Mr. Steven Yonke  Biology  Andrew Hill  Glendale High School  MO
Mr. Timothy Fossett  English  Samantha Roller  Freedom High School  NC
Dr. Dolores Simpson-Kirkland  Counselor  Andrew Arkebauer  Lincoln Southwest  NE
Mr. Mark Shearer  Physics  Andrew Arkebauer  Lincoln Southwest  NE
Dr. Brian Hall  Chinese Christopher Rim  Academies@Englewood  NJ
Mrs. Elizabeth Varga  Counselor  Omar El-Hely  Academy for Allied Health Sciences  NJ
Mr. John Yi  Chemistry  Sahil Gupta  Millburn High School  NJ
Mrs. Sally Walton  Counselor  Georgia Smits  Las Cruces High School  NM
Mr. Louis Morgan  Science  Artem Osherov  Brooklyn Technical High School  NY
Mr. Sooraj Nair  Chemistry  Allex Desronvil  Brooklyn Technical High School  NY
Mrs. Deborah Lisa-Brown  Counselor  Colleen McCormack  Jericho High School  NY
Mr. Anthony Surace  Physics Xinyuan Chen  New Hartford Senior High  NY
Mr. James Lutz  Counselor  Xinyuan Chen  New Hartford Senior High  NY
Mrs. MaryAnn Powers  Counselor  Zacharias Murn  Northport Senior High School  NY
Mr. Michael Greenblatt  Social Studies  Zacharias Murn  Northport Senior High School NY
Ms. Ellen Schweitzer  Economics David Kurkovskiy  Stuyvesant High School  NY
Mr. Michael Belling  Physics  Cindy Xue  Williamsville East High School  NY
Ms. Roselyn Jones  Counselor  Samantha Brown  Yonkers High School  NY
Mr. Mark Halpern  English  J.T. Flowers  Lincoln High School  OR
Mr. Joe Bernard  Counselor  Yamini Naidu  Valley Catholic High School  OR
Mr. Eric Roberts  Counselor  Mohammad Saeed  Parkland High School  PA
Mrs. Lisa Rugarber  Counselor  Adam Sokol  Pennsbury High School  PA
Mr. Kanapathyllai Sriskandarajah  Math  Tobias Holden  SC Governor's School for Science and Math SC
Mrs. Jennifer Sychareune  Spanish  Israel Tovar  Hume-Fogg Academic High School  TN
Ms. Virginia Maddux  Counselor  Kevin Wang  Montgomery Bell Academy  TN
Mrs. Nancy Misage  Physics  Mackenzie Franklin  Westlake High School  TX
Mr. John Sherry  History  Abrar Omeish  Robinson Secondary School  VA
Mr. Cyrus Brown  Math  Joshua Celli  Tacoma School of the Arts  WA
Mr. Chad Stauber-Soik  English/Humanities  Josh Feng  North High School  WI
Ms. Linita Lisboa  Counselor  Barbara Santiago  Colégio Objetivo  Brazil
Mr. Nour Harriz  Math  Jesse Wang  Lisgar Collegiate Institute  Canada
Ms. Sabrina Davis  Counselor  Kristi Todi  Marshall McLuhan Catholic Secondary School  Canada
Mr. Endeshaw Bekele Buli  Physics  Nahom Berta  Saint Joseph School  Ethiopia 
Mr. Tsehaye Sebhatu Yohannes  Counselor  Nahom Berta  Saint Joseph School  Ethiopia 
Mr. Mikio Toyoshima  Counselor  Yuki Hayashi  Makuhari Junior and Senior High School  Japan 
Mr. Massimiliano Imhoff  Chemistry  Azan Virji  Isamilo International School Mwanza  Tanzania 
Mr. Andrew Laraia  English  Taha Ramazanoglu  Robert College  Turkey 
Mr. Mohammed Faizul Salim  Math  Shreyas Ravishankar  Dubai Modern High School  United Arab Emirates
Mrs. Julie Hyland  English  Billy Cavell  St Edward's C of E Comprehensive School and Sixth Form  United Kingdom 
Mrs. Kelly Hart Counselor  Billy Cavell  St Edward's C of E Comprehensive School and Sixth Form  United Kingdom 
Mrs. Patricia Young Counselor Stephanie Addenbrooke Upton Hall School FCJ United Kingdom