Cubist Pharmaceuticals

Congratulations to the 2014 Presidential Volunteer Service Award Winners!

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.

Massachusetts:

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.

New York

Donna Fontana, Fidelity Investments

Richard Mooney, CAW Afterschool Artworks

Ruth Gitlin, Angelo, Gordon and Co.

New Jersey

Damani Roach, Prudential Investments

Douglas Reagan, Cisco

Douglas Lebrecque, Rutgers SPAA

James Hainis, H.E.A.R.T. Martial Arts

Shivani Mehta, Cognizant

North Carolina

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

Illinois

Cindy Gabriel, Deloitte

Texas

Glenn Lowenstein, Terrain Solutions, Inc.

Mark Jernigan, NASA

California

Kimone Gooden, Cisco

Kelley Coyne, Women’s Audio Mission

Susan Dickey, Google

VIDEO: Cubist Pharmaceuticals in the Community

Citizen Schools partner Cubist Pharmaceuticals is busy making a significant impact in the community. With a focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, Cubist employees are giving their time and talents to build deep connections with students, inspiring them to become the next generation of innovators. http://youtu.be/eeUZ24C-t-o

Mark Culliton, CEO of Cubist, is proud that employees are showing students that a future in STEM careers can be a reality. "By our students seeing that, and understanding that this could be them, it ignites that passion that may be the thing that keeps them engaged in school," he said.

Citizen Schools is grateful for the Cubist volunteers who spend one afternoon a week teaching "apprenticeship" classes on topics like rocket science and crime scene investigation. Leo Flanigan, Principal of Clarence Edwards Middle School, has witnessed his students make incredible discoveries thanks to the Cubist volunteer Citizen Teachers. He said "It gives them an authentic experience in places that we want them to go eventually. It also gives the kids a chance to see the relationship between the academics that they have right now and the skills that they'll need later."

President/COO of Cubist and Citizen Teacher, Rob Perez, said, "What drives me to be able to participate, to be able to try give back is the fact that I know the talent that exists in these kids. It just needs to be turned on." Thanks to the passion for giving back to the community, Cubist has allowed for that talent to be unlocked through life-changing experiences for in Massachusetts.

 

Jennifer Kane and Shruta Rege teach apprentices how to diagnose illnesses

Jennifer kanes studentsJennifer Kane   Massachusetts Citizen Teachers from Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Jennifer Kane (featured above right)and Shruta Rege are turning their apprentices into “Cyber Surgeons” this spring.  Edwards Middle School students are learning about various viral and bacterial diseases and medicines used to treat them.  At the end of the semester, the Cyber Surgeon apprentices will take a virtual trip to the Amazon River Valley to diagnose and treat illnesses from that area.  

Citizen Schools Teaches Rocket Science

David Mantus, Vice President at Cubist Pharmaceuticals has been bringing science to life at the Edwards Middle School volunteering as a Citizen Teacher. David’s “It IS Rocket Science” apprenticeship teaches students the basics of biology, chemistry, engineering, and physics needed to travel to space. Apprentices participate in hands-on experiments, discussions, demonstrations and team activities. They build and launch rockets, fire cannons, freeze flowers, bananas, and other objects. By the end of the semester, students simulate a space mission conducted with the NASA Learning Center in Wheeling, West Virginia for the WOW!. Watch the following clip as students share how Dr. Mantus makes science exciting, and as Dr. Mantus explains how everyone has a passion they can teach:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8iY-NXKaQo

Citizen Schools Draws Attention of White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

Nearly 150 leaders from across Massachusetts gathered at Citizen Schools' headquarters to hear from Kumar Garg of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. "The real reason why we're here is that Citizen Schools has been having incredible success," explained Garg. "It's a 15-year effort that has really provided a lot of impact. We wanted to be encouraging in that effort."

Garg's visit was part of a gathering aimed at addressing the issue of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education. A panel of representatives from the event's co-hosts, Google, EMC and Cubist Pharmaceuticals, added anecdotes and evidence of how corporations can impact STEM education by partnering with organizations like Citizen Schools and getting their employees involved.

"It's critically important that young people learn science, technology, engineering and math skills that the private sector demands," said panelist Michael Bonney, President and CEO of Cubist Pharmaceuticals. "This is an opportunity to share and learn about some of the best practices for providing students with the skills and experiences needed to succeed."

As part of our efforts to engage more professionals in leading hands-on STEM projects with students, Citizen Schools has convened leaders from businesses, education and nonprofit sectors in cities across the country to find ways to collaborate and provide more STEM education opportunities for students. Events have been held in Boston and Silicon Valley, Newark, and Charlotte.

Watch highlights of the event here.

Citizen Teacher David Mantus

Citizen Teacher David Mantus stands with students to receive an awardDavid Mantus, Vice President at Cubist Pharmaceuticals has been bringing science to life at the Edwards Middle School volunteering as a Citizen Teacher. David’s “It IS Rocket Science” apprenticeship teaches students the basics of biology, chemistry, engineering, and physics needed to travel to space. Apprentices participate in hands-on experiments, discussions, demonstrations and team activities. They build and launch rockets, fire cannons, freeze flowers, bananas, and other objects. By the end of the semester, students simulate a space mission conducted with the NASA Learning Center in Wheeling, West Virginia for the WOW!. Check out David and his students as they demonstrate skills from their apprenticeship or hear David’s thoughts about his work with Citizen Schools.

“There’s no more powerful gift we can give back than teaching,” David (Fox News 25)