Champions of Character Banquet

2015 Banquet

Wednesday April 15, 2015 at the Franklin Plaza in Troy, NY

The Academy for Character Education honors outstanding positive leadership in our schools and communities at our annual Champions of Character Awards Banquet. This event attended by approximately 250-300 individuals honors students, educators, schools, and business and civic leaders and organization throughout the Capital Region and Northeastern United States who have gone above and beyond in the character education initiative by providing leadership and dedication to the vision and mission of fostering positive character development in our school and communities.

Honorary Committee & Supporters:

You are urged to help in honoring these "Champions of Character" by joining the Honorary Committee, placing an ad in the banquet program, donating a raffle basket and/or becoming a supporter of The Academy. This can be done by contacting The Academy for Character Education at The Sage Colleges via phone or e-mail.

Click HERE to join the Honorary Committee

Click HERE to purchase a ticket to attend the event

2015 Honorary Committee

Fredrick W. Erlich, CEO, Living Resources
Mary Farber, Principal, Chittenango CSD
Dr. Hanns Meissner, CEO, ARC Rensselaer County
Honorable Kathleen Jimino, Rensselaer County Executive
Honorable John T. McDonald III, Assemblymember, District 108
Honorable Paula Mahan, Supervisor, Town of Colonie
Honorable Paul Tonko, United States Congressman, 20th District
John D. Walko, Ph.D.
Katherine D. Pelham
Marra's Pharmacy, Cohoes, NY
Ralph Singh, CEO, Wisdom Thinkers
Randy Hall, Commissioner of Social Services, Rensselaer County
Lori V. Quigley, Dean, Esteves School of Education, The Sage Colleges
George Goodwin, Chairperson, ACE Community Advisory Board


Announcing the 2015 "Champions of Character"

WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE COMPLETE LIST OF THE 2015 CHAMPIONS OF CHARACTER HONOREES

                     To show your support, please consider placing a program announcement for the SCHOOL, INDIVIDUAL or GROUP/ORGANIZATION you would like to honor and/or registering to attend the event.

 THE BUSINESS AND CIVIC CHAMPIONS OF CHARACTER:

Business Organization Award Winner: Biz Bits, Albany, N.Y. (Howard Gross, C.E.O.)

Business Leader Award: Colin Demers (Enjoy One, Share One Program, Century House, Latham, NY)

Community School Partnership Award: Law Firm of Certilman, Bailin, Adler & Hyman, E. Meadow, N.Y. with partner the Walnut Street School, Uniondale School District

Civic Leader Award: Perry Jones, Director of the Capital City Rescue Mission; Albany, N.Y.

Civic Organization Award: Equinox, Inc.; Albany, N.Y.

THE EDUCATION LEADERSHIP CHAMPIONS OF CHARACTER:

Volunteer Awards: Mary Ann VanVliet (Schodack School District)

Student Volunteer: Joann Harnden – The Esteves School of Education, The Sage Colleges

Student Awards:

  • Peter Atkins – Maple Hill High School, Schodak CSD
  • Sam Engle – Chatham High School
  • Nick Plouffe – Menands Elementary School

Student Group Awards:

  • Interact Club - Catskill CSD (Fabienne Bogardus-Street, Rianncon Vincent, Jared Osoin, Skyler Kimmel)
  • Super Troopers – Berlin High School (Student Leader, Lindsey Miller, Coach, Robert Gould)

Teacher Leadership Awards:

  • Dawn Castle – Literacy Coach, Albany Elementary Schools
  • Lauren Lazier, School Psychologist, Scholars’ Institute Program, Mayfield Central Schools

School Administrative Leadership Awards:

  • Joseph Corr, Superintendent, North Colonie School District
  • Jennifer Drautz, Assistant Principal, Maple Avenue MS, Saratoga Springs SD
  • Mary Farber, Principal, Bridgeport Elementary School, Chittenango CSD

Team Teachers Award: Helen Christopher (Grade 3) & Jeannine Toney (Special Education), Milton Terrace North Elementary School, Ballston Spa CSD

Character Education Advocate Award: Dr. Stephen Birchak, Bestselling Author, Professor, Nationally Recognized Speaker, Counseling Psychologist, Academy Leadership Board  

THE SAGE COLLEGES 2015 CHAMPIONS OF CHARACTER

Administrator: Michael Baumgardner, Associate VP for Student Life/Dean of Students, Russell Sage College
Faculty Member: Theresa Hand, Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy
Students:

  • Danielle Lehman, 2nd year Occupational Therapy Major, Sage Graduate School
  • Theresa Hotte, Senior Sociology Major, Russell Sage College
  • Joseph Khidr, Photography Major, Sage College of Albany

2015 NEW YORK STATE SCHOOLS/DISTRICS OF CHARACTER:

Byron-Bergen Central School District
Bridgeport Elementary School; Chittenango UFSD
La Cima Elementary Charter School; Brooklyn, N.Y.
Mildred E. Strang Middle School; Yorktown Heights UFSD
Northern Parkway School; Uniondale UFSD
Valley Stream Memorial J.H.S.; Valley Stream UFSD
William H. Barton Intermediate School; Queensbury UFSD
Lawrence Road Middle School; Uniondale UFSD
St. Hope Leadership Academy; NYC 

HONORABLE MENTION NYS SCHOOLS OF CHARACTER:

 Jonas E. Salk Middle School; Levittown UFSD
Valley Stream North High School; Valley Stream UFSD
Valley Stream South High School; Valley Stream UFSD
Turtle Hook Middle School; Uniondale UFSD 

EMERGING NYS SCHOOL OF CHARACTER:

 Uniondale High School; Uniondale UFSD