2010-12-08 / Features

Queens Teachers Honored For Excellence In Science And Math

Pauline Baratta, Aviation High School. Pauline Baratta, Aviation High School. Eight teachers were honored on November 18, with the Sloan Awards for Excellence in Teaching Science and Math. Two of the teachers work in public high schools in Queens.

Presented annually by the Fund for the City of New York and sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the awards recognize teachers who achieve superb academic results, who are leaders in excellence in their schools and who inspire their students to pursue careers in these fields.

Schools Chancellor Joel Klein, President of the Fund for the City of New York Mary McCormick and President of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Paul L. Joskow, presided over the award ceremony held at the Great Hall at Cooper Union in Manhattan. School officials, fellow teachers, students, other dignitaries, as well as hundreds of family members, friends and colleagues were in attendance to celebrate the accomplishments of these outstanding men and women.

Sabba Zickria-Daly, Queens High School of Teaching. Sabba Zickria-Daly, Queens High School of Teaching. “I am honored to congratulate this year’s award winners,” Klein said. “I’ve long said that the most important factor in a child’s education is the quality of his or her teachers. Through their commitment and creativity, these award-winning teachers have inspired and motivated students to excel in math and science, and I’m thrilled to recognize their achievements.”

For more than 75 years, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has supported science, mathematics and technology education.

The 2010 recipients are Queens resident Pauline Baratta from Aviation H.S. in Long Island City and Sabaa Zickria- Daly of Queens H.S. of Teaching in Bellerose.

Baratta teaches Math A/B, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus and Discrete Math Electives. A math teacher at Aviation H.S. for 34 years, Baratta has inspired generations of students and teachers. Not deterred by uninspiring textbooks, she engages students with examples from history, animated television shows, billiards and beyond. Baratta teaches her students problem solving in shop classes and uses aviation examples in her math classes.

Whether using mathematics to explain global warming or to solve crime, Zickria-Daly inspires her students to be passionate about learning. From her informal cafeteria sessions for students, to her leadership at faculty meetings, over the last seven years Zickria-Daly earned a reputation as an innovator in teaching. Zickria-Daly teaches Algebra, Earth Algebra and Math Across the Curriculum.

Her peer counseling and teaching assistant programs give students a deeper understanding of math, as well

as important life experience. Known for her creative approach to education, colleagues praised Zickria-Daly for her ability to make complex mathematics relevant to the everyday lives of her students.

Each teacher received $5,000 and $2,500 was given to each winner’s school to strengthen its science or mathematics program.

An independent selection panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians and educators chooses the winners.

Principals, supervisors, colleagues, students, former students, parents and others who are familiar with the teacher’s work submit nominations for the award. Any science or mathematics teacher who has taught in one of New York City’s 422 public high schools for at least five years can be nominated. The on-line nominations form is at www.fcny.org/core/sae. Nominations are accepted throughout the year.

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