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 2019 Recipients
The BEST Committee received nominations from parents, teachers, students, BASD employees, and residents of the community. These nominations reflected professionalism and a passion for teaching. The Committee worked diligently to select three (3) award winners from among so worthy a group of nominees. The 2019 BEST Award Recipients are as follows:
Colleen Donegan, Reading Specialist at William Penn Elementary School, received The Seymour and Sophie Haber Award for Excellence in Teaching at the Elementary Level.
Amy Putlock, General Music/Choral Director at Broughal Middle School received the Bernie Cohen Award for Excellence in Teaching at the Middle School Level.
Karen Lynn, ESOL Teacher at Freedom High School received The Anthony Ruggiero Award for Excellence in Teaching at the High School Level.
Each recipient received a certificate and monetary award. In addition, their school will also receive a certificate to display in their building. Attached to this press release is information regarding each recipient with his or her biography and photograph.
Congratulations to the 2018 Recipients!
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.
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!
Kim Donatelli - Governor Wolf Elementary
Theo Loupos–Augustino - Nitchmann Middle School
Jennifer Cierech- Freedom High School
Congratulations to the 2016 Recipients!
Kathy West - Donegan Elementary
Janet Longyore - East Hills Middle School
Joseph Stellato - Freedom High School
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: email@example.com