September 07, 2011

DCPS launches season of celebration for DC teachers 

33 educators honored with awards in advance of annual Standing Ovation event

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DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson today announced the names of 33 educators who have received 2011 teaching and leadership awards, which come with $10,000 or $5,000 prizes, in recognition of their work on behalf of DCPS students.

“It is a great honor to recognize these outstanding professionals for their dedication, skill and commitment,” said Chancellor Henderson. “Recognizing and rewarding teachers and principals shows our families, students and community what we believe is most important to the success of our schools: exceptional educators.”

Thanks to the generosity of David Rubenstein, co-founder and managing director of the Carlyle Group and chairman of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, DCPS was able this year to select 33 educators to receive one of the following awards: Excellence in Teaching Award, Excellence in Leadership Award, Rubenstein Award for Highly Effective Teaching, Rubenstein Award for Highly Effective Leadership.

Mr. Rubenstein first pledged to support these awards at last year’s A Standing Ovation for DC Teachers, held in November 2010. See the complete list of this year’s award winners below.

Educators were nominated through letters of recommendation from families, current and former students, their colleagues, school leaders and community members. Excellence Award winners will receive $10,000 and Rubenstein Award winners will receive $5,000.

“We are grateful to Mr. David Rubenstein for his generosity and his belief that highly effective teachers and school leaders should be rewarded for the important work they do every day,” said Chancellor Henderson.

The announcement of these annual awards launches a season of celebration for DCPS educators. On Sept. 19, the DC Public Education Fund will host its gala A Standing Ovation for DC Teachers at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The second-annual event, featuring Grammy Award-winning recording artist John Legend and other national and local celebrities, will honor more than 660 DCPS educators who earned ratings of Highly Effective under the IMPACT educator evaluation system.      

Excellence in Teaching Awards

Rubenstein Awards for Highly Effective Teaching

Excellence in Leadership Award

  • Maria Tukeva, principal, Columbia Heights Education Campus

Rubenstein Awards for Highly Effective Leadership

For more information about the award winners, including bios of last year’s recipients, visit For more information about A Standing Ovation for DC Teachers, visit

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