The President of Citizen Schools, Emily McCann, uses the phrase "it takes a village" to demonstrate the amount of talent and dedication needed to create the impact that Citizen Schools has on students. Among the ‘village’ of talent and dedication are our volunteer Citizen Teachers. During the 2013-2014 school year there were over 2,500 Citizen Teachers leading about 1,000 apprenticeships, impacting over 4,900 middle school students across 7 states! From September to May these volunteers give their time to middle school students, mentoring them on topics such as video game design, mock trial, stock market investments and more. After one semester in the classroom, hundreds of volunteers go on to teach again, for several semesters and even years in a row.
While we celebrate the end of the school year and thank our Citizen Teachers, there is one more individual that extends his gratitude for their service, the President of the United States. Each year, the President recognizes those who volunteer for a cause across the country with the President's Volunteer Service Award program.
This year, 375 Citizen Teachers were recognized by the President at the gold, silver and bronze levels. Each of the levels corresponds to an incredible amount of time inspiring students:
43 Gold award winners for teaching four out of the last four semesters
71 Silver award winners for teaching three out of the last four semesters
261 Bronze award winners for teaching two out of the last four semesters
Throughout the summer, volunteers received their awards at appreciation events across the country. Many companies and organizations have also recognized the great efforts of their employees at the appreciation events and internally.
Join us in celebrating these mentors for helping students to dream big and reach their full potential. In particular, we would like to thank the 43 gold level awardees who have made the commitment for four consecutive semesters to consistently impact students in their community. Congratulations on your accomplishments and impact on student’s lives! We thank you all for your service.
Emily Hodge, Choate Hall + Stewart LLP
Jacqueline Mantica, Choate Hall + Stewart LLP
Eric Teasdale, Choate Hall + Stewart LLP
Scott McConnell, Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Timothy Bazzle, Goodwin Procter, LLP
Onalie Sotak, Google
Bill Good, Massachusetts Youth Rugby Organization
Jesse Nocon, Massachusetts Youth Rugby Organization
Brian Conley, Microsoft
Kyle Crawford, Mintz Levin Cohon Ferris Glovsky + Popeo PC
Anne Bowie, WilmerHale, LLP
Robert Mersereau Jr.
Robert P. Mersereau Sr.
Donna Fontana, Fidelity Investments
Richard Mooney, CAW Afterschool Artworks
Ruth Gitlin, Angelo, Gordon and Co.
Damani Roach, Prudential Investments
Douglas Reagan, Cisco
Douglas Lebrecque, Rutgers SPAA
James Hainis, H.E.A.R.T. Martial Arts
Shivani Mehta, Cognizant
Arthur (Charlie) Everett, EMC
Carol Lenox, Environmental Protection Agency
Edward Lau, Microsoft
Elvira Johnson, CPCC STARS Alliance
Hong Zou, EMC
Jerry Diehl, EMC
Joe Darko, Microsoft
Kathy Cummings, Bank of America
Kim Kiesow, EMC
Megan Petrik, Bank of America
Nanelle Napp, Bank of America
Philip Armstrong, Bank of America
Rebecca Dodder, Environmental Protection Agency
Sasha Bouldin, NC Albert Schweitzer Fellows Program
Sonya “Rudy” Johnson, CPCC STARS Alliance
Taylor Clawson, NC Albert Schweitzer Fellows Program
Cindy Gabriel, Deloitte
Glenn Lowenstein, Terrain Solutions, Inc.
Mark Jernigan, NASA
Kimone Gooden, Cisco
Kelley Coyne, Women’s Audio Mission
Susan Dickey, Google