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The 2020 Teacher Appreciation Week winner is…

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Mr. Derek Dubossi of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts!


Derek Dubossi is an Advanced Placement Environmental Science educator in New York City. During the summers, He works as a research mentor with the
Secondary School Field Research Program at Columbia University. He earned a Master’s of Arts in science education from Teachers College, Columbia University. He has spent nearly twenty years in public education both in the United States and South Africa, the latter as a Peace Corps member.

Mr. Dubossi will receive Apple Airpods, a $100 DoorDash gift certificate, an Amazon Dot, a pair of Quizlet socks and one year of Quizlet Teacher — congrats!

We had nearly 10,000 nominations from across the United States. Mr. Dubossi received numerous nominations that were heartfelt, thorough and conveyed the type of teacher he is for his students Here’s a sampling of just a few of the comments his students shared:

  • “Mr. Dubossi is one the most hardworking and understanding teachers a student could ever have. He makes the content interesting and fun while always adding an artistic twist to the lessons. His class not only covers the curriculum, but extends above and beyond by providing study sessions, study guides, learning materials outside the classroom, and teaching the real world applications of the information we learn about in class.”

  • “You can tell that he genuinely cares about his students, as he makes time to ask each and every one of us how we’re doing every weekday on Zoom. Whether we’re physically in class or on a video call, AP Environmental Science with Mr. Dubossi is fun, engaging and informative and I feel really lucky that I’ve been able to have him as a teacher.”

  • “Mr. Dubossi is the best teacher I have ever had. He cares about each and every single one of his students. If I am having a bad day, he instantly can tell, and is always there to support his students and give great advice. “

  • “This teacher goes above and beyond to make sure his students have the best experience in his class. He is understanding, engaging, and extremely kind to all. “

Congratulations, Mr. Dubossi, you deserve it!

Our four runner-ups

As for our four honorable mentions who will each receive a $25 DoorDash gift card:

  1. Mrs. Andrea Alvarez-Santos, Meadow Park Middle School (Beaverton, OR)
  2. Prof. Mindy Uhrig, Kent State University (Kent, OH)
  3. Ms. Katherine Psaltakis, New Visions Charter High School for the Humanities (Bronx, NY)
  4. Mr. Naresh Pandya, Kapiolani Community College (Honolulu, HI)

A huge thank you to everyone who nominated incredible teachers for our giveaway. And an even bigger thank you to all nominated educators — we truly appreciate all that you do for students.