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B.E.S.T. Awards

Since 2000, the B.E.S.T. Awards reward excellence in teaching at the K-12 levels in the Bethlehem Area School District (BASD).  The Bethlehem Educational Scholastic Trust (B.E.S.T.) Fund at the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation began more than two decades ago by a group of Bethlehem civic & business leaders who believed that the work of teachers is so critical to the community - as well as to the students - that outstanding teachers required special recognition.  Since then, recipients of the B.E.S.T. Awards are chosen by a committee which is comprised of teachers and educational professionals from outside the district as well as several past recipients of the B.E.S.T. Award.

Teachers are chosen to receive one of three B.E.S.T. Awards:

  • The Seymour and Sophie Haber Award for Excellence in Teaching at the Elementary Level;
  • The Bernie Cohen Award for Excellence in Teaching at the Middle School Level; and
  • The Anthony Ruggiero Award for Excellence in Teaching at the High School Level.

All recipients of the B.E.S.T. Award receive a certificate and a monetary award.  Past recipients of the award are ineligible for a second B.E.S.T. award.


It's easy to nominate and honor your favorite teacher....

Nomination Period is Currently Closed

Application Deadline: May 1, 2017

Grants Announced: August 31, 2017

Nominate a fellow teacher who:

  • Supports students, the BASD and the community beyond the classroom;
     
  • Conveys enthusiasm and is an expert in the subjects they teach;
     
  • Has outstanding personal characteristics that enhance teaching and learning; and
     
  • Is a positive influence on parents, students, fellow teachers and administrators.

     


Congratulations to the 2016 Recipients! 
(See more photos from BASD Convocation 2016 on LVCF's Flickr page)

Kay West LVCF B.E.S.T Award

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Janet Longyore LVCF BEST Award 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joe Castilano LVCF B.E.S.T. Award 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to the 2016 Recipients!

From left to right: Cindy Nabavian, B.E.S.T. Recipient for Elementary School, Peter Bertalan, B.E.S.T. Recipient for Middle School and Larry Glueck, B.E.S.T. Recipient for High School.

From left to right: Bernie Story, President & CEO of LVCF, Cindy Nabavian, B.E.S.T. Recipient for Elementary School, Patricia Campbell, Thomas Jefferson Elementary Principal, Peter Bertalan, B.E.S.T. Recipient for Middle School, Peter Mayes, Nitschmann Middle School Principal, Larry Glueck, B.E.S.T. Recipient for High School, Harrison Bailey, III, Liberty High School Principal, and Dr. Joseph Roy, BASD Superintendent.


B.E.S.T. Award Recipients 2000-2016

For more information about the B.E.S.T. nominations and award process, please contact Corrina Lillis at (610) 351-5353 ext. 11 or e-mail corrina@lvcfoundation.org.