Yale Educator Award Winners

The Yale Office of Undergraduate Admissions has the distinct pleasure of recognizing the following educators as recipients of the 2020 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 317 nominees, who represent 41 states and 19 countries, 57 teachers and 24 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. Leah Faris

History

Nayeli Gonzalez-Vazquez

Bob Jones High School

AL

Dr. Stephanie Bostick

Counselor

Nayeli Gonzalez-Vazquez

Bob Jones High School

AL

Mrs. Rebecca Barron

English

Jason Shi

Chilton County High School

AL

Mr. Carlton Efurd

Counselor

Miguel Garcia

Rogers High School

AR

Ms. Melissa Sackett

Counselor

Simarpreet Kaur

Alhambra High School

CA

Ms. Andrea Salas

Computer Science

Simarpreet Kaur

Alhambra High School

CA

Mr. David An

Counselor

Gabriel Fantacone

Berkeley High School

CA

Mr. Andrew Ramroth

Mathematics

Jenny Mao

Carlmont High School

CA

Ms. Julia Smith

Counselor

Christina Young

Carlmont High School

CA

Mrs. Linda Saeta

Mathematics

Jose Abarca

Claremont High School

CA

Mrs. Sunshine Cavalluzzi

Social Studies

Colby Bladow

El Dorado High School

CA

Ms. Lily Min

Science

Jerry Feng

Etiwanda High School

CA

Ms. Stephanie Harkey

Counselor

Jerry Feng

Etiwanda High School

CA

Mr. Steven Eitelgeorge

English

Jack Litke

Fred C Beyer High School

CA

Mrs. Marti McGuirk

Counselor

Sarah Teng

Mountain View High School

CA

Mrs. Araceli Ramirez

Mathematics

Nimran Shergill

Ronald E McNair High School

CA

Ms. Sheena Iwamoto

History

Han Dinh

Summit Public School-Tahoma

CA

Mr. Brian Wall

Counselor

Cecilia Lee

Sunny Hills High School

CA

Mrs. Shoshana Adams

Social Studies

Randy Munoz

Valhalla High School

CA

Ms. Angelica Echauregui

Counselor

Ava Saylor

Yucaipa High School

CA

Mr. Jonathan Cohen

History

Quinn Evans & Kai Padilla-Smith

Denver School of the Arts

CO

Mr. Cory Monroe

Counselor

Kyle Lewis

Douglas County High School

CO

Mr. Josh Thrall

Social Studies

Kyle Lewis

Douglas County High School

CO

Mr. Jeremy White

Social Studies

Aron Ravin

Stamford High School

CT

Mr. John O’Toole

Social Studies

JianHui Chen

Waterbury Career Academy High School

CT

Ms. Margaret Birch

Business

Evan Cheng

Caesar Rodney High School

DE

Ms. Kristina Hall

Counselor

Evan Cheng

Caesar Rodney High School

DE

Mrs. Kelly Ann D’Arcy

English

William An

F W Springstead High School

FL

Ms. Cyd Sterling

Mathematics

Jennifer Richburg

Fort Lauderdale High School

FL

Mrs. Samantha Rimes

Science

Kenan Collignon

Tavares High School

FL

Mr. Todd Carstenn

English

Jordan Davidsen

Vanguard High School

FL

Mr. Richard Bracknell

Speech and Debate

Edward Bohannon

Carrollton High School

GA

Dr. David Owen

English

Kyler Worthington

Lakeside High School

GA

Mr. Don Stinson

Performing Arts

Noah Riley

Joliet Central High School

IL

Ms. Natalie O’Connell

Counselor

Noah Riley

Joliet Central High School

IL

Mrs. Jamie Smith

English

Julia Dvorak

Homestead High School

IN

Mr. John Karanja

English

Fatemeh Yarali

Murray High School

KY

Mrs. Jennifer McNely

French

Ashley Su

Paul Laurence Dunbar High School

KY

Mr. Michael Bottoms

Counselor

Sharon Li

Caddo Parish Magnet Hs

LA

Ms. Paula McGeady

Counselor

José Betancourt

Quincy High School

MA

Ms. Mary Ellen McMillen

Social Studies

José Betancourt

Quincy High School

MA

Mr. Aaron Mize

Social Studies

Hyerim Nam

Stoney Creek High School

MI

Ms. Shannon Pettipiece

Mathematics

John Nguyen

Harding High School

MN

Mrs. Robin Stover

Journalism

Anna Xu

Columbia-Rock Bridge Senior High School

MO

Mrs. Victoria Johnson

Counselor

Norma Berlin

Northeast Jones High School

MS

Mr. Jose Acevedo

Counselor

Luna Aguilar

Morristown High School

NJ

Ms. Elizabeth Sheridan

English

Bryan Ventura

New Brunswick High School

NJ

Mrs. Mary McDowell-Campo

Counselor

Maura Siciensky

Ocean City High School

NJ

Mr. Jeff Lucker

History

Nicholas Trenholm

Princeton High School

NJ

Mr. Sean Turkington

Mathematics

Vanessa Cheng

Ridgewood High School

NJ

Ms. Stephanie Gluck

Counselor

Jennifer Yakubov

Midwood High School at Brooklyn College

NY

Ms. Shaniece Mosley

Science

Jennifer Yakubov

Midwood High School at Brooklyn College

NY

Ms. Amanda Levy

History

Kadidia Sylla

Success Academy High School of the Liberal Arts

NY

Mr. Matthew Steele

Counselor

Ryan Smith

Glencoe High School

OR

Mr. Jonathan Williams

Science

Marcus Ramirez

West Salem High School

OR

Mrs. Amber Heil

Science

Lianna Byler

Conneaut Area Senior High School

PA

Dr. Thomas Goebeler

Mathematics

Neera Raychaudhuri

Episcopal Academy

PA

Mr. John Carlisle

History

Sofiya Bidochko

Penn-Trafford High School

PA

Ms. Erin Provance

History

Daniela Naumov

Taylor Allderdice High School

PA

Ms. Celeste Suris

Counselor

Angela Perez

Baldwin School of Puerto Rico

PR

Mr. Jeff Penn

Social Studies

Ana Soto

Baldwin School of Puerto Rico

PR

Mr. Nicholas Geary

English

Madeline Flynn

Goose Creek High School

SC

Mrs. Tamaran Hightower

Counselor

Dean Centa

Mauldin High School

SC

Mr. Richard Ganci

English

Cynthia Campbell & Donovan Kreul

Brookings High School

SD

Ms. Heather Blythe

Science

Shandra Ahsan

Amarillo High School

TX

Mrs. Valerie Johnson

English

Isaac Yu

Garland High School

TX

Mr. Anibal Jimenez

History

Israel Demandel

Harmony School of Excellence-Laredo

TX

Mr. Rene Molina

English

Alexa Pulido Rodriguez

IDEA College Preparatory McAllen

TX

Mrs. Charlotte Burrell

Science

Daisy Sanchez

Robert L Paschal High School

TX

Mrs. Amy Maddie

History

Tramy Nguyen

Ross S Sterling High School

TX

Mrs. Amanda Ashmead

English

Valentina Pham

School of Science and Engineering at Townview Center

TX

Mr. Andrew Masley

Science

Sonny Nguyen

Justice High School

VA

Ms. Deb Kalina

Key Club Adviser

Chanwook Park

Henry M Jackson High School

WA

Mrs. Heather Babb

English

Ryan Brinda

Lander Valley High School

WY

Mrs. Sandrine Berezowski

French

Alex Dong

West Island College

Canada

Mr. Malcolm Rennie

Counselor

Alex Dong

West Island College

Canada

Mrs. Linda Orlowsky

Social Studies

Tim Lingk

Gymnasium Überlingen

Germany

Mr. Stanislav Sousek

Counselor

Vijjasena Sugiono

Sinarmas World Academy

Indonesia

Mr. Nemuun Gal

Counselor

Tselmeg Ulammandakh

Hobby School of Ulaanbaatar

Mongolia

Mr. Nicholas Perry

English

Xinning Shao

Hwa Chong Institution

Singapore

Mrs. Michelle Kalify

History

Sarah Nzau

St Stithians Girls’ College

South Africa