On Wednesday, the Fund for the City of New York announced the recipients of the Sloan Awards for Excellence in Teaching Science and Mathematics and three out of the seven winners are from Queens.
The fifth annual Sloan Awards recognize creative math and science teachers who achieve superb results and inspire young people to pursue carers in math and science.
The Queens recipients are: Thomas Sangiorgi, a Regents chemistry teacher from Townsend Harris High School in Flushing; Y.S. Kim, an integrated algebra teachers at Francis Lewis High School in Fresh Meadows and Dorina Cheregi an algebra, trigonometry, pre-calculus and AP calculus teacher at Newcomers High School in Long Island City.
The seven winners, who were chosen from applications submitted by parents, students, teachers and administrators from all over the city, were honored at a ceremony in the Great Hall at the Cooper Union in Manhattan.
Each teacher will be awarded a prize of $5,000 and each of the schools they work at will receive $2,500 to strengthen science and mathematics programs.
To qualify, teachers must be a New York City high school math or science teacher for at least five years, must teach four periods a day and must demonstrate excellence in teaching and achieving results.
Winners were chosen by an independent panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians and educators.
To date, the foundation has recognized 38 teachers from 36 high schools.
This year, Queens had more winners than any other borough.
The Sloan Foundation is a nonprofit established in 1934 and focuses on programs involving science and technology, standard of living and economic performance, education and careers in science and technology, national and civic issues.