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Washington Irving Elementary School Outstanding Teacher Honored

An outstanding teacher from Washington Irving Elementary School was recently recognized by The Academy for Teachers. Christine Calvert, who teaches third grade, was invited to participate in The Academy’s master class “T. rex: The Ultimate Predator” led by Mark Norell, Macaulay Curator and chair of the Division of Paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History.

Teachers selected for Academy for Teachers master classes show passion for their subjects, creativity in their classrooms, and devotion to their students. “These teachers are exceptional,” said Sam Swope, president of The Academy for Teachers. “We only invite 18 teachers to each class, so being selected is a well-deserved honor for both teacher and school.”

One Fellow reflected on the day, “Academy for Teachers master classes provide an invaluable respite from the daily grind of teaching. I felt rejuvenated, refocused, and ready to build and expand my teaching repertoire.”

The Academy's master classes bring outstanding teachers together with leading experts, intellectuals, and artists for a day of high-level instruction and inspiration, enabling teachers to return to their classrooms re-energized. New York City’s great institutions host the classes, joining The Academy for Teachers in proclaiming that teachers deserve the time and attention of our culture’s best and brightest.

Teachers invited to participate in a master class become Fellows of The Academy for Teachers and join a growing community of the metropolitan area’s strongest educators.