Teachers took to the stage as Manhattan Media convened its inaugural Blackboard Awards event honoring educators June 13 at Fordham University Law School. The evening coincided with a special issue of Our Town and West Side Spirit newspapers, featuring profiles of the 21 honorees as well as informative articles and comprehensive charts focusing on the state of teaching in New York City.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Frank McCourt served as master of ceremonies, entertaining the audience with tales of his days as a New York City public school teacher. United Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten also participated and presented two awards to public school honorees. She told attendees, who included representatives from public, independent and charter schools, that teachers have always been her heroes, and always would be.