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ASH teacher recognized with statewide award

ALBANY, 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 who are gifted in finding and nurturing the strengths of each student, and fostering trusting relationships among students, parents, teachers and administrators.

 

ASH 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.

 

The Better 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 her endeavors.

 

Her 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 School.

 

         
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