Yale Educator Award Winners

The Yale Office of Undergraduate Admissions has the distinct pleasure of recognizing the following educators as recipients of the 2021 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 305 nominees, who represent 38 states and 17 countries, 50 teachers and 21 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/Country

Mrs. Jackie Hendrickson

English

Christian Bailey

Decatur High School

AL

Mr. Davis Thompson

English

Soojin Park

Auburn High School

AL

Mr. Cristobal Santa Cruz

Social Studies

Yakeleen Almazan

Pueblo Magnet High School

AZ

Mrs. Leslie Rold

Counselor

Gabrielle Roman

Chaparral High School

AZ

Mrs. Viviana Zamora

Counselor

Carlos Bahena

The Preuss School UC San Diego

CA

Mrs. Jill Ogden

Social Studies

Snaefridur Bjargardottir

Turlock High School

CA

Mr. Anthony Porchia

Science

Taylor McClure

Tulare Western High School

CA

Mr. Joshua Marcus

English

Mia Osuna

Chula Vista Learning Community Charter High School

CA

Mrs. Abbey Calleros

Counselor

Mia Osuna

Chula Vista Learning Community Charter High School

CA

Ms. Stephanie Hose

History

Walker Bargmann

Eagle Ridge Academy

CO

Ms. Debra Avery

Social Studies

Afrin Tarafder

Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy

CT

Mr. Shane Donovan

Mathematics

Cecilia Russell

District of Columbia International School

DC

Ms. Valecia Wells

English

Thomas Orozco

Jones High School

FL

Ms. Marnie Cadette

Counselor

Thomas Orozco

Jones High School

FL

Mr. Lance Bergman

Counselor

Nicholas Paredes

Pine View School

FL

Mr. Robert Lynch

Mathematics

Emma Polinsky

Boca Ciega Senior High School

FL

Ms. Martha Cabrera

English

Elyse Thomas

School for Advanced Studies

FL

Ms. Alison Beecher

English

Ilham Abdelkadir

McDonough High School

GA

Mr. Johnathan Mullins

Mathematics

Brianne Anderson

Lumpkin County High School

GA

Mr. Alan Hogan

Counselor

Brianne Anderson

Lumpkin County High School

GA

Ms. Marianne Campbell

Science

Nicole Campbell

Milton High School

GA

Mrs. Julie Tull

English

Philomena Wu

Duluth High School

GA

Mrs. Carli Doi

History

Harvey Lloyd Picar

Waipahu High School

HI

Mr. Jason Nell

Science

Nicolas Ryan

George Washington High School

IA

Mr. Gerardo Gonzalez

AP Capstone

Stevan Kamatovic

Lane Technical High School

IL

Ms. Eloise Lynch

English

Chandler Rosas

George Rogers Clark High School

KY

Mrs. Christine McCrory

Social Studies

Patrick Chu

Lafayette High School

LA

Mr. Nicholas Ely

Counselor

Justin Crosby

Masconomet Regional High School

MA

Ms. Colleen Goodhue

Counselor

Phuc Duong

South High Community School

MA

Mr. Patrick Garland

English

Alara O’Bryan

Greenfield High School

MA

Mr. Peter Gillen

Social Studies

Ana Rodrigues

Taunton High School

MA

Mrs. Nour Asbahi

Counselor

Zaharaa Altwaij

Crestwood High School

MI

Ms. Alexandria Phelps

Counselor

Julia Levy

International Academy

MI

Mrs. Jackie Cheyne

Counselor

Nathania Nartey

Athens High School

MI

Mrs. Linda Ereg

Counselor

Trucy Truong-Phan

Williamston High School

MI

Mr. Jeff Swegarden

English

Adam McPhail

Mayo High School

MN

Mr. Nathan Peck

Science

Koray Akduman

Clayton High School

MO

Mrs. Jill Necaise

Spanish

Zoe Groh

Biloxi High School

MS

Mr. Adam Thane

English

Esmirelda Hurd

Bozeman High School

MT

Mr. Matthew Scialdone

English

Katherine Keaton

Middle Creek High School

NC

Ms. Kelsey Wilson

Counselor

Avery DiMaria

Leonia High School

NJ

Dr. Erik Jacobsen

Mathematics

Ruthie Gu

Newark Academy

NJ

Mrs. Nagla Bedir

History

Alanna Rivera

Perth Amboy High School

NJ

Mr. Nicholas Cano

Counselor

Alanna Rivera

Perth Amboy High School

NJ

Ms. Marie Assir

Counselor

Alexander Bavalsky

UWC USA

NM

Ms. Christine Engelbrecht

English

Andrew West

Los Alamos High School

NM

Dr. Tracy LaGrassa

Science

Alexander Chasteen

Bronx High School of Science

NY

Mr. Alan Schorn

Science

Danielle Gruber

John Miller Great Neck North High School

NY

Mr. Terry Freeman

Counselor

Tuyen Huynh

Watertown High School

NY

Mr. Brian Sterr

Mathematics

Madelyn Mao

Stuyvesant High School

NY

Mrs. Jessica Castine

English

Ryan O’Donnell

Northeastern Clinton Central High School

NY

Mrs. Maria Clark

Science

David Zhang

Herricks Senior High School

NY

Ms. Shannon Coffee

English

Allison Drew

Edison Preparatory High School

OK

Dr. Janet Waldeck

Science

Hannah Barsouk

Taylor Allderdice High School

PA

Coach Lance Lyles

Science

Gary Colley

Petrolia High School

TX

Mrs. Renee Blackwell

Counselor

Gary Colley

Petrolia High School

TX

Ms. Jamie Kocian

Counselor

Ethan Estrada-Stroud

Liberal Arts and Science Academy High School

TX

Ms. Susan Devaney

Counselor

Ketty Nguyen

L C Anderson High School

TX

Ms. Shawn Mena

Professional Communications

Eleanor Schoenbrun

Franklin High School

TX

Mr. John Pierce

English

Elizabeth White

Mason High School

TX

Dr. Jennifer James

Science

Shan Lateef

Thomas Jefferson High School

VA

Mrs. Nancy Schneider

Counselor

Robert Schroder

Centreville High School

VA

Ms. Christine Traxler

English

Anabel Moore

Woodinville High School

WA

Mr. Chad Hodgson

Social Studies

Roxana Grunenwald

Belleville High School

WI

Mr. Michael Roh

Mathematics

Aidan Palmer

University High School

WV

Mrs. Danielle Halsey

English

Grace Abawe

Laramie High School

WY

Ms. Isabela Green

English

Matias Guevara Ruales

Colegio Menor San Francisco De Quito

Ecuador

Mr. Nader Eskander

English

Youssef Ibrahim

El Nasr Boys School

Egypt

Mr. Stephen Tarus

Science

Tony Kinyua

Kapsabet Boys High School

Kenya

Mr. Peter Hutchin

Social Studies

Lynn Lee

Seoul Foreign School

South Korea

Mr. Jonathan Barfield-Moore

Counselor

Din-Ammar Tolj

Brentwood School

United Kingdom