2012 Recipients of Herbst Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence

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The Herbst Foundation, Inc., a private foundation based in San Francisco, California, has announced its Awards For Teaching Excellence for 2012. The awards are made annually to a teacher in private and parochial schools located in San Francisco that elect to participate. Each award includes a non-taxable, unrestricted grant of $5,000 to the selected teacher and a general contribution $5,000 to the school to be used to pursue its continuing education goals.

Each teacher who receives the award is selected by his or her respective school through a school committee, usually made up of the principal or head master, other administrative personnel, the faculty and/or parents. The award is intended to identify and reward a teacher at the school who that year most reflects the following core teaching values: (1) engages students in critical and creative thinking; (2) inspires the joy of learning resulting in a break through to higher levels of academic achievement; (3) challenges and inspires students to do their best work and to achieve more than what might be expected; and (4) exhibits high personal and professional standards and professional development.

For 2012, the Herbst Award for Teaching Excellence went to the following teachers:

    Ms. Lori Cohen---Bay School of San Francisco
    Ms. Rachael McIntire---Convent of the Sacred Heart High School
    Ms. Yuliana Yee---Cornerstone Academy
    Ms. Maren Anderson---Drew School
    Mr. Franck Bessone---French American International School
    Mr. Murray Cahen---Lisa Kampner Hebrew Academy
    Mrs. Gigi Torres---Immaculate Conception Academy
    Ms. Danielle Frandina---Jewish Community High School
    Ms. Gillian Ashenfelter---Lick Wilmerding High School
    Mr. Charles Schaefer---Mercy High School
    Ms. Tricia Constantino---Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory
    Mr. Adrian O’Keefe---St. Ignatius College Preparatory
    Mrs. Kellie Landrum---St. John of San Francisco Orthodox Academy
    Dr. Paolo Carini---San Francisco Waldorf High School
    Ms. Rebecca Shapiro---Urban School of San Francisco

    The Herbst Foundation, Inc., organized by Maurice and Herman Herbst and funded solely from their estates, commenced paying charitable grants in 1974. It has a primary focus on so-called “bricks and mortar” contributions to a wide variety of San Francisco based recipients, including schools, hospitals, museums, and other public facilities. It broadened its focus in 2002 when it initiated the Award for Teaching Excellence, while continuing to provide significant grants for the acquisition, construction and/or remodeling projects associated primarily with non-profit organizations located in San Francisco.

    The Awards for Teaching Excellence are made to classroom teachers rotating according to designated primary school grades from K to 8 and to high schools. This year the honored teachers taught in high schools.

    The mission of the Foundation in establishing and continuing the Herbst Award for Teaching Excellence is to promote the community’s awareness that teaching excellence based on the communication skills and dedication of each classroom teacher, is the fundamental cornerstone of quality education.

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