Out of 3,000 nominations from 700 schools, 100 semi-finalists, and 40 finalists, STATE was privileged to donate Durham bags to the 12 Big Apple Award Winners for excellence in teaching.

From 3rd grade math to 11th grade social studies to bilingual 1st grade, these teachers are model educators as well as exceptional role models. Award winner Joseph Pesqueira’s student described him as the “most dedicated person I know…not only is he there as a teacher, but he is a great man overall.”

New York City is the largest school district in America, serving over 1 million students. Hailing from Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Queens, and the Bronx,  ladies and gentleman, we give you the cream of the crop!

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