Three cheers for Park Slope middle school teacher Lynn Shon, who netted a $20,000 prize from a city-based fellowship for exceptional service to not only to her school and students, but to the teaching profession in general.
“She’s just a spectacular teacher,” said John Ewing, president of Math for America, which presented Shon with the award. “She’s really reached out in a profound way to other teachers.”
Shon, a science teacher at MS 88, earned the lucrative prize for excellence as a fellow with Math for America, an non-profit organization that offers public school teachers in New York City $15k grants and access to evening workshops that give instructors the opportunity to learn and share teaching skills.
Amid the seventh-grade science instructor’s numerous and admirable obligations — including serving as a TeachStrong ambassador, a Department of Education model teacher, and a Billion Oyster Project teacher fellow — Shon worked with numerous community organizations to develop STEM curricula for projects that promoted climate literacy and environmental activism, in addition to co-authoring a plan to integrate School District 15, which includes Park Slope, Sunset Park, and Gowanus.
“As teachers we have the collective responsibility and agency to strengthen our communities and democracy; that is why STEM education matters,” said Shon. “I am so humbled to receive the MƒA Muller Award because it is communities like MƒA that have enabled me to align my pedagogy, curricula, leadership, and activism with my values. — Colin Mixson