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Past 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. See past B.E.S.T. Award Recipients (PDF)...

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.


Congratulations to the 2018 Recipients! (see all the photos on LVCF's Flickr page)

 Jacquelynn Venable,Calypso Elementary School

The Community Foundation's B.E.S.T. Award for excellence in teaching at the Elementary School Level was presented to Jacquelynn Venable, Calypso Elementary School. She was joined by Kathleen Bast, Principal at BASD's Convocation in August, 2018.

Tammy McDonald, East Hills Middle School

The Community Foundation's BEST Award for Teaching at the Middle School Level was presented to Tammy McDonald, East Hills Middle School, joined by David M. Horvath, Principal, at BASD's Convocation in August, 2018.

The Community Foundation's Award for Excellence in Teaching at the High School Level was presented to Amber Chiafulio, Freedom High School teacher, who was joined by Principal Michael LaPorta, Jr. at BASD's Convocation in August, 2018.


Congratulations to the 2017 Recipients! (see all the photos on LVCF's Flickr page)


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

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.


See past B.E.S.T. Award Recipients 2000-2018

For more information about the B.E.S.T. nominations and award process, please contact Megan Briggs, Director of Community Investments, at 610 351-5353 ext. 11 or email: meganb@lvcfoundation.org