Mr. Stephen Jackson, PS/MS 278 7th and 8th grade science instructor and a member of the inaugural group of NYC Men Teach teachers, was honored on Wednesday, June 29th with the “NYC Men Teach Award” in recognition for excellence in teaching and commitment to students in New York City.
“Led by Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Young Men’s Initiative, NYC Men Teach is an engagement and recruitment effort aimed to inspire more men of color to become teachers in New York City. Of 75,000 teachers citywide, 8.5% are male teachers of color. Meanwhile, male students of color comprise 43% of our 1.1 million students. The NYC Men Teach initiative will make a difference in the lives of young people, who are not accustomed to seeing themselves represented in the front of the class, by infusing New York City public schools with teachers that reflect the vast diversity of the city.”
Mr. Jackson, along with distinguished colleagues, served on a panel of experts at the event. He will continue to serve as a leader and role model for men teachers, especially minority men, to be recruited for teaching in New York City. He will be a partner in helping the mayor’s office reach their goal of recruiting over 100 new men of color to the NYC teaching profession over the next 3 years.
“The event [also] featured remarks from an array of distinguished guests and speakers including: First Lady of New York City Chirlaine McCray, Deputy Mayor Richard Buery, Michael Mulgrew, UFT president, and Carmen Farina, NYC Schools Chancellor.”
Congratulations, Mr. Jackson! Thank you for the leadership, commitment, and expertise that you invest in the students of PS/MS 278 and city-wide.
To learn more about NYC Men Teach: http://www1.nyc.gov/site/ymi/teach/nyc-men-teach.page