Yale Educator Award Winners

The Yale Office of Undergraduate Admissions has the distinct pleasure of recognizing the following educators as recipients of the 2015 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 276 nominees, who represent 40 states and 15 countries, 51 teachers and 28 counselors were selected to receive the award. In August, 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 / TitleNominated BySecondary SchoolState
Mr. David KinderScienceTasha BoyerChugiak High SchoolAK
Mrs. Ariel StarbuckSpanishKaya DuguaySitka High SchoolAK
Mr. Oliver AaronCounselorLynn HanVestavia Hills High SchoolAL
Mrs. Jane SchaeferSocial StudiesLynn HanVestavia Hills High SchoolAL
Ms. Saroj JagernauthCounselorAndy RiceSandra Day O'Connor High SchoolAZ
Mrs. Kimberley ThomasMathematicsMaddy O'NealMoon Valley High SchoolAZ
Ms. Susie FitchCounselorAndrea OuyangCalifornia High SchoolCA
Mrs. Gail DevineCounselorVivian DangLouisville High SchoolCA
Ms. Angela PriceCounselorArabelle SchoenbergBerkeley High SchoolCA
Mrs. Arlene NgCounselorAnthony DeaconnChaparral High SchoolCA
Mrs. Jennifer PustEnglishTianru WangSanta Monica High SchoolCA
Mr. Richard LyneHistoryTommy LopezLos Osos High SchoolCA
Ms. Jean DillmanMathematicsAndrea OuyangCalifornia High SchoolCA
Ms. Lisa KossiverMathematicsValerie ChenAragon High SchoolCA
Mrs. Michele HaramisCounselorRaeven GrantJonathan Law High SchoolCT
Mrs. Alexandra BustillosMathematicsJake RoyMedical Professions and Teacher Preparation AcademyCT
Mr. Aaron BrennerCreative WritingXavier SottileCo-op Arts & Humanities High SchoolCT
Mr. Jeremiah DavilaScienceNewlyn JosephEngineering and Science University Magnet SchoolCT
Mr. Silvio VargasHistoryStephanie LevineMiami Palmetto Senior High SchoolFL
Mr. Jeffrey GulledgeScienceCamille KimaEastside High SchoolFL
Ms. Jessica MaddoxCounselorJaneen ThomasFayette County High SchoolGA
Ms. Sumana MoudgalCounselorMatthew CoffinWheeler High SchoolGA
Mr. Robby DavisEnglishNicolette ManticaLee County High SchoolGA
Mr. Darrin MinnsMathematicsJustin KnappThomas County Central High SchoolGA
Mrs. Jillian NowickiCounselorKevin OlteanuWheaton-Warrenville South High SchoolIL
Mr. Ron AndersonCounselorAmy KwartengSouthland College Prep Charter High SchoolIL
Mrs. Sue SwansonCounselorBrian CashinZion-Benton Township High SchoolIL
Ms. Laura LundstromCounselorKyle KenagyBenet AcademyIL
Mr. Douglas RushingHistoryKevin OlteanuWheaton-Warrenville South High SchoolIL
Mrs. Susan GossMathematicsBrian CashinZion-Benton Township High SchoolIL
Mr. Keith HesselbacherScienceAbagail DavisScales Mound High SchoolIL
Mr. Grant GussmanScienceYasmin ErikssonBenjamin Franklin High SchoolLA
Ms. Amy MagnusonScienceSarah CaldwellFalmouth High SchoolME
Mrs. Sarah ChanskiEnglishLizzie GoodmanHamilton High SchoolMI
Mrs. Charlene DaileyScienceKaty WayComstock High SchoolMI
Ms. Jo GattonCounselorCarolina CarrilloGibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop High SchoolMN
Mr. Craig HollenbeckSocial StudiesRiley TillittEden Prairie High SchoolMN
Mr. Adam ArnoldEngineeringRachael PutmanBelton High SchoolMO
Ms. Andrea ClarkEnglishAllec WillisOak Grove High SchoolMS
Mr. William FunderburkScienceKatie ShyThe Mississippi School for Mathematics and ScienceMS
Mrs. Ann PetersenEnglishSam KruyerPinecrest High SchoolNC
Ms. Jenny CurleeEnglishMyles OdermannParshall High SchoolND
Ms. Emelia PelliccioScienceNia BerrianNorth Star AcademyNJ
Col. Eva McCollaumEnglishDrake WilliamsNew Mexico Military InstituteNM
Mr. Daniel GowerCounselorMyko SuchyWilliam Nottingham High SchoolNY
Mr. Mark MullenCounselorTrinh TruongThomas R Proctor Senior High SchoolNY
Mrs. Shayne WattersonScienceEmma GarciaPenfield High SchoolNY
Mrs. Kate HenkCounselorGeeta RaoSylvania Northview High SchoolOH
Mrs. Bonnie BuddendeckScienceShivam SarodiaCenterville High SchoolOH
Mrs. Denise RiesenmanCounselorMinh NguyenDavid Douglas High SchoolOR
Mrs. Aminah AliSocial StudiesMinh NguyenDavid Douglas High SchoolOR
Mrs. Rachel MachenCounselorRishi MirchandaniFox Chapel Area High SchoolPA
Mr. Peter DiNardoHistoryAmanda VosburghMount Lebanon High SchoolPA
Dr. Andrew SmithScienceEric SandersonStevens High SchoolSD
Dr. Julie ForbessEnglishAvery NormanArlington High SchoolTN
Ms. Sharon VannCounselorShannon TeawTexas Academy of Mathematics and ScienceTX
Mr. Alan HootenEnglishHector HernandezHebron High SchoolTX
Mrs. Deborah VaughnEnglishJohn-Anthony FragaHarlingen High School SouthTX
Mr. Kevin KorpiMathematicsTran LeNew Braunfels Senior High SchoolTX
Dr. Kiko KawamuraMathematicsAnushree AgrawalTexas Academy of Mathematics and ScienceTX
Mr. Shawn RichardScienceJenny Ailin XiaoCinco Ranch High SchoolTX
Mrs. Lisa O'ConnorMathematicsLuke BenzMiddlebury Union High SchoolVT
Mr. Scot MillhollenMathematicsChunny DingInterlake High SchoolWA
Mrs. Kristen TerharkCounselorKate TanawattanacharoenEau Claire Memorial High SchoolWI
Mr. Tyler SaxtonHistoryDiana LopezSaint Anthony High SchoolWI
Mr. Joseph MeliaScienceSita SunilMorgantown High SchoolWV
Ms. Marjana TomasCounselorRega SotaUnited World College - MostarBosnia and Herzegovina
Ms. Regina MaraGeographyDavi Lemos de Lemos Da SilvaColegio BandeirantesBrazil
Mr. José Valença Ribeiro SoaresScienceSarah Barreto OrnellasColegio AnchietaBrazil
Mr. Jose Olavo AmorimCounselorDavi Lemos de Lemos Da SilvaColegio BandeirantesBrazil
Mme. Nella AmentaFrenchVicky LiuFraser Heights Secondary SchoolCanada
Mr. Robert JacksonEnglishTsedenya SimmieInternational Community School of Addis AbabaEthiopia
Ms. Phoebe AshongCounselorJemsky OrevaogheneGhana International SchoolGhana
Ms. Mamta SharmaCounselorAnvay TewariDelhi Public School, R. K. PuramIndia
Ms. Renée IkpelueEnglishAaliyah IbrahimZamani CollegeNigeria
Mrs. Titilola AdeekoCounselorAaliyah IbrahimZamani CollegeNigeria
Mr. Muhammad RafiqScienceOmar AshrafBeaconhouse School Margalla CampusPakistan
Mrs. Fareha YusufCounselorOmar AshrafBeaconhouse School Margalla CampusPakistan
Mr. David SandersCounselorImadh BahaudeenColombo International SchoolSri Lanka