ASH teacher recognized with statewide award
N.Y. (June 23, 2016) -- The New York State Board of Regents recognized
popular Albany School of Humanities sixth-grade teacher Olaiya
Curtis-Morris with the Helen Bach Moss Better Beginnings Award during
the school’s Moving-Up Ceremony on Thursday.
The award honors one elementary teacher from New York state each
year. It recognizes teachers
gifted in finding and nurturing the strengths of each student, and
fostering trusting relationships among students, parents, teachers and
Principal Fred Engelhardt nominated Curtis-Morris for the award earlier
this year, with input from sixth-grade teacher Diane Micelli, a longtime
colleague of Curtis-Morris, and ASH parent Barbara Asal and sixth-grader
Nadav Asal, one of Curtis-Morris’ students this year.
Curtis-Morris, who will begin her 20th year at ASH in
September, is pictured at right with the award and (L-R) Engelhardt,
Micelli, and the Asals.
Beginnings Award honors the life and career of the late New York state
elementary teacher Helen Bach Moss. Moss’s
career was distinguished by a
genuine respect and love for children. She was ever caring toward
students and their parents and acted as a worthy role model in all of
husband, Dr. Michael Moss, helped recognize Curtis-Morris at Thursday’s
ceremony. The award includes a $1,000 stipend.
The mission of the City School District of
Albany is to educate and prepare all students for
college and career, citizenship and life, in partnership with our
diverse community. The district serves
more than 9,500
students in 17
elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood
schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as
well as other innovative academic opportunities for students,
including four themed academies at Albany High