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Key Events

18th Annual Recognition Breakfast:


Journey to the Top 


Michael Mulgrew, President of New York City’s United Federation of Teachers, saluted TODAY’S STUDENTS TOMORROW’S TEACHERS (TSTT) honorees on their “JOURNEY TO THE TOP” in a conversation about the critical issues facing education at the 18th Annual Recognition Awards Breakfast.


The program was hosted by Chelsea Edwards, News 12 Westchester Anchor on Friday, May 3, 2013 for over 300 attendees at the Renaissance Westchester in West Harrison, NY.


TSTT Board members: Clarence Williams, Dr.Kay Wright Lewis, News 12’s Chelsea Edwards, Mike Mulgrew, UFT President, Dr. Bettye Perkins, TSTT CEO and Leroy Barr, UFT SVP.


Dr. Bettye Perkins, TSTT’s CEO and Bernard Pierorazio, Yonkers’ School District Superintendent, presented the Legacy Award to The Honorable Andrea Stewart Cousins, State Senator for New York’s 35th District, the first female Conference Leader in the history of the Senate Democratic Conference.



Dr. Bettye Perkins with New York Senator Andrea Stewart Cousins, and Dr. Bernard Pierorazio, Superintendent of Yonkers Public Schools.


Ms. Catherine Marsh, Executive Director of the Westchester Community Foundation, was presented theTSTT’s Foundation Award for supporting the County’ s many deserving non profits including TSTT.


Catherine Marsh, Westchester Community Foundation Executive Director with Dr. Bettye Perkins and the honorable Kevin Plunkett, Deputy Westchester County Executive.


 As a kick-off celebration to Teacher Appreciation Week the organization’s recognition ceremony highlighted the accomplishments of TSTT’s former stdents who have come full circle and have taught for 3, 5 or 10 years.



TSTT’s Perkins Scholars: Teachers for 10 years.


Perkins Scholar, Merica Neufville taught Mathematics for 10 years at Woodlands Middle School in Greenburgh, NY and started the program as a student in Lincoln High School in Yonkers. Dr. Perkins and Ron Ross, Superintendent of Greenburgh School District presented her the Perkins Scholar Award for serving as an exemplary TSTT teacher and mentor. She is now working as an Assistant Principal at Cross Hill Academy in Yonkers. 

Merica is pictured here with her former college mentor, Dr. Diane Quandt, Chair of the Education Department at the College of New Rochelle, a TSTT partnering college.


Perkins Scholar Julie Chambers, graduated from Mt. Vernon High School in 1999 where she joined TSTT. Ms. Chambers earned both a BA and Masters Degree at Mercy College and stressed the impact of TSTT mentoring and training during her college years. Julie is an English Language Arts Staff Developer and teaches special education at Edward Williams Elementary School in Mount Vernon, NY.



Dr. Perkins presented crystal apple awards to TSTT five year teachers (from left to right):


Esperanta Civil Pierre is a graduate of Ramapo High School and St. Thomas Aquinas College, and a French teacher at the Monahgen Middle School; Tania Guzman is a graduate of Ossining High School and Manhattanville College, and an ESL teacher at the EF International School in Tarrytown, NY; and Jennifer Bryant is a graduate of Spring Valley High School and SUNY New Paltz and is currently a teacher at the Hebrew Academy in New City, NY.


Dr. Hasna Muhammad, Assistant Superintendent for the Mt. Vernon School District awarded red apple gavels to TSTT’s three year teachers.



TSTT’s 3-year teachers celebrating with Dr. Perkins are (pictured from left to right):  

Jessica Zhinin, a 3-year teacher at the Anne Dorner Middle School in Ossining, NY, is a TSTT graduate of Ossining High School and Pace University; Kenisha Salmon, a teacher at the Promise Academy in New York City, is a TSTT graduate of Mt. Vernon High School and Manhattan College; Tara Parker, currently a second grade teacher at Leeslyvania Elementary School in Prince William County VA, is a graduate of the Woodlands High School in Greenburgh, NY and St. Thomas Aquinas College; and LeTanya Stubbs-Lawrence a graduate of Mt Vernon High School and Manhattan College, is a 3 year teacher at Danbury High School in Danbury, Connecticut.


TSTT’s 2013 graduating college seniors were recognized by Dr. Steven Walts, Superintendent of Prince William County Schools who helped to induct them into TSTT Hall of Fame. TSTT 2013 graduating college seniors and Masters’ Degree candidates from our Greater Hudson Valley, NY Region; Bridgeport, Connecticut and Prince William County, VA.  See complete listing of all TSTT 2013 college graduates








S&I 100 Index

The Social Impact Exchange has selected TSTT as a Member of the S&I 100, the National Index of High-Impact NonProfits!

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Program Progress

We serve over 800 students in 40 high school districts and 21 partnering colleges & universities. Operating in four states: New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Virginia, there are 150 TSTT college graduates who have completed the eight year curriculum and are currently teaching in 9 states.