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 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 cash award.  Past recipients of the award are ineligible for a second B.E.S.T. award.

Congratulations to the 2015 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.

Download the application today to nominate a teacher for the 2016-2017 school year! Nominations are due March 1, 2017.

Nominate a Teacher for the 2016-2017 School Year

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You can also download a list of the past recipients of the B.E.S.T. award.

B.E.S.T. Award Recipients 2000-2015

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.