Alumni

Tenth Annual Alumni Awards

Posted by Elisabeth Jakab on November 07, 2006

BSCAA held its Tenth Annual Alumni Awards Ceremony and Celebration at the College on Friday evening, November 3rd. This year’s distinguished honorees were Sal Vascellaro ’75, Rebecca Cort ’76, ’78, and Carmen Fariña. Over 100 alumni, family, and friends attended the awards ceremony and the reception which followed.

BSCAA President Priscilla Woyke ’93, Ida Karp Award recipient Carmen Fariña, Recognition Award recipient Rebecca H. Cort '76, '78, Distinguished Service Award recipient Salvatore J. Vascellaro '75, and Bank Street College President Augusta Souza Kappner.

Sal Vascellaro, Distinguished Service Award recipient, is an alumnus and long time faculty member in the Graduate School. He has a Master's degree from Bank Street with a focus on social studies curriculum development, and a Doctorate from Columbia in Curriculum and Teaching.

He worked for New York University in an early childhood program that worked with day care and Head Start centers in the most challenging communities in the City. He has taught children from ages three to eleven, and was head of the New Lincoln Lower School. His work has been published in The Need for Story: Cultural Diversity in Classroom and Community, and in Revisiting a Progressive Pedagogy: The Developmental Interaction Approach, edited by Bank Street faculty members Nancy Nager and Edna Shapiro. Currently, in addition to his continuing work as advisor, course instructor, and educational consultant, Sal has been working with colleagues on a curriculum designed to influence children’s attitudes toward older people.

Recognition Award recipient Becky Cort is presently the Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Education Department’s Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID). She is a powerful voice in policy making in the State, particularly as it concerns children and adults with special needs, from early childhood through adulthood and into the workplace.

Becky has both a Master’s degree and a professional diploma from Bank Street, and has a Doctorate in Learning Disabilities from Teachers College. Prior to joining the State Education Department, she was a general education teacher and special education consultant, and she worked on federally funded projects at both Bank Street and Columbia. She has written a number of articles on special education, and co-authored the book, Children with Special Needs: Case Studies in the Clinical Teaching Process.

The Ida Karp Award is given to an individual who is not necessarily one of Bank Street's alumni, but whose service to children has been exceptional. Carmen Fariña, the recipient, has been a teacher in the New York City public schools for twenty-two years, a curriculum coordinator, a principal, a superintendent, a Regional Superintendent, and Deputy Chancellor for Teaching and Learning, with responsibility for curriculum, instruction, and interventions for a system of more than 1,300 schools and over one million students. She still found time to work at Bank Street with the Principals Institute, where she developed a policy course and a curriculum course that focused on developing citywide leaders, with an emphasis on instructional leadership.

Bank Street would like to congratulate the 2006 award recipients and thank them for all they are doing for Bank Street and the wider community.