The School of Education seeks to recognize distinguished alumni who embody the mission of both Manhattanville College and the School of Education. Award recipients are recognized annually in May at the School of Education's Graduate, Doctoral, and Alumni Awards Ceremony. The in-person May 2020 awards ceremony has been canceled but awards will be given.
2020 Alumni Award Criteria and Nominations
To nominate a candidate for an alumni award, please click on the name of the award and fill out the nomination form for that award. Details and criteria for each award can be found at: Alumni Awards Criteria.
You may nominate an alumnus for more than one award if they fit the criteria. Nominations may come from the candidate's students, professional peers, and/or supervisor. You may also self-nominate. Self-nominations should be supported with recommendations from students, peers, and/or supervisors.
The deadline for nominations has been extended until Monday, March 30, 2020 and award decisions will be made by late April 2020 by the SOE Alumni Board.
Awarded to an SoE graduate who has created publications (children literature, curriculum design, technology guides) that foster teaching, learning, and development in the PK-12 setting.
For further details or if you have questions about the SOE Alumni Awards, please contact Heidi Sakanaka, Assistant Dean for Community Outreach, at Heidi.Sakanaka@mville.edu or at (914)323-5482.
In recent years, the School of Education presented the following awards to our distinguished alumni:
The 2019 Distinguished Service Award was given to Laura Woodson, B.S. '05, M.A.T. '06. Ms. Woodson has been a long-term member of and leader in the School of Education’s Early Childhood Education Alumni Association and has been instrumental in the organization of annual conferences and service projects. She is currently the Education Director at Highbridge Advisory Council head Start/UPK in Bronx, NY.
The 2019 Inspirational Recent Alumni Award was given to Kevin M. Hanlon, who received his Master of Arts in Teaching from Manhattanville in 2009. Mr. Hanlon is a teacher at Port Chester Middle School, Port Chester, NY who spearheaded a summer program that allowed students with diverse backgrounds to develop on math, English language arts, and leadership skills through technology. He has also led various building initiatives and is a mentor to other teachers.
The 2018 Valiant Educator Award was given to Dr. Patricia Lee Gauch, who received her Master of Arts in Teaching from Manhattanville in 1969. Dr. Gauch is an accomplished journalist, editor, author, and teacher whose work has contributed to the growth of readers and writers everywhere.
The 2018 Alumni Innovative Teaching Award was given to Mr. James Murray (BA '04, MPS '13). Mr. Murray is a teacher at the Villa Maria School, Stanford, CT, a private, co-educational school serving students with learning disabilities, where his innovative lesson plans using multi-sensory strategies have been instrumental in developing programs to help students on the spectrum acclimate to a regular school setting. He is also a leader in promoting STEM at his school.