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June 08, 2016

Harlem-based Music Teacher Honored with 2016 Lincoln Center Arts Teacher Award

Lincoln Center News

Contact: Eric M. Gewirtz

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Harlem-based Music Teacher Honored with Lincoln Center Arts Teacher Award,

Presented in Partnership with the New York City Department of Education,

Part of the Big Apple Awards Recognizing Teacher Excellence in New York City

 

NEW YORK, NY (June 8, 2016) — Lincoln Center Education, in partnership with the New York City Department of Education, is pleased to present the 2016 Lincoln Center Arts Teacher award to Dana Monteiro, a high school music teacher at the Frederick Douglass Academy in Harlem. The Lincoln Center Arts Teacher Award—part of DOE’s annual Big Apple Awards, a teacher recognition program open to all full-time teachers in public schools across New York City—is presented to an arts teacher for making a difference in the lives of his or her students and for going above and beyond in their role as an arts educator. Mr. Monteiro is the fourth recipient of this outstanding recognition, and will receive a $3,500 classroom grant to enhance and further his work with students, as well as access to Lincoln Center opportunities.

 

Mr. Monteiro has 15 years of teaching experience, and throughout his career has maintained a clear focus and dedication to his students via his passion for music. He is a student of Brazilian samba, a musical form that encourages communication, engagement, and improvisation, and has brought these ideals to his classroom. In teaching percussion and samba rhythms to his classes, he has fostered group activity, discussion, and creativity to scores of students, developing a sense of community among them while also teaching them about the culture of the art form. He is recognized for a non-traditional and forward-thinking approach, and his belief in the importance of arts education in urban schools. His students have performed at TED Talks, the Clinton Global Initiative with the Roots, Brasilfest at South Street Seaport, Carnival with Alô Brasil at the World Café in Philadelphia, Lincoln Center, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the Broward County Performing Arts Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He has also started Harlem Samba, a Brazilian percussion ensemble modeled after the samba school baterias of the Rio de Janeiro carnival.  The group's members are students, alumni, and friends of the Frederick Douglass Academy, a high-performing public high school in Harlem, New York City.

 

“We are delighted to continue Lincoln Center’s celebration of excellence in classroom teaching with this year’s Lincoln Center Arts Teacher Award. Partnering with the New York City Department of Education on this recognition is a highlight of ours since we started in 2013,” said Russell Granet, Executive Vice President, Lincoln Center Education, Community Engagement, and International. “Samba music introduces students to important concepts like structure, bonding, and improvisation—all of which are lifelong skills learners of any age should master. We applaud Mr. Monteiro’s innovative teaching methods, built from his own studies in Brazil, and how they continue to create a school culture that exemplifies how the world is better with music, creativity, and imagination.”

 

“Arts instruction is a critical component of a student’s education and dedicated teachers like Mr. Monteiro have such a unique ability to inspire creativity, build confidence, and provide students with an outlet to express themselves,” said New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. “Each year the Big Apple Awards recognize the profound impact that passionate educators can have on our students and their families, and I want to congratulate Mr. Monteiro and all of this year’s recipients for their tireless work to bring high-quality education to our students. These teachers have not only distinguished themselves as exceptional educators, but they’ve also come to represent the countless teachers across our city who, each day, go above and beyond for their students.”

 

Mr. Monteiro is the fourth winner of the Lincoln Center Arts Teacher Award, following Melissa Salguero in 2013, Laurence Minetti in 2014, and Nicole Kasbar in 2015. The Lincoln Center Arts Teacher Award is given by Lincoln Center Education and the New York City Department of Education as part of the Big Apple Awards to honor a dance, music, theater, or visual arts teacher for making a difference in the lives of his or her students and for going above and beyond in his or her role as an arts educator. Now in its fourth year, the Big Apple Awards is a citywide program that recognizes and celebrates the educators of New York City who inspire students, model great teaching, and enrich their school communities. The Big Apple Award is the culmination of a rigorous process that includes community nominations, principal and colleague recommendations, applicant essays, an interview, and a classroom observation.  Students, families, administrators, and community representatives can all nominate a teacher from their school community. Last year, the DOE received 4,700 nominations for teachers from 1,200 schools, 65% of which came from students and families.  After numerous rounds of review, a Board of Judges recommends up to 15 final recipients for the Chancellor's approval.

 

Recipients receive classroom grants to deepen their work with their students, and are also recognized by the Mayor, Chancellor, and members from the education community at the culminating Big Apple Awards ceremony in June. 

 

Learn more about the Big Apple Teacher Awards and all of this year’s honored educators from the New York City Department of Education: http://schools.nyc.gov/Offices/BigAppleAwards/default.htm

 

About Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) serves three primary roles: presenter of artistic programming, national leader in arts and education and community engagement, and manager of the Lincoln Center campus. A presenter of more than 3,000 free and ticketed events, performances, tours, and educational activities annually, LCPA offers 16 series, festivals, and programs including American Songbook, Avery Fisher Career Grants and Artist program,  David Rubenstein Atrium programming, Great Performers, Legends at Lincoln Center: The Performing Arts Hall of Fame, Lincoln Center at the Movies, Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Awards, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Lincoln Center Vera List Art Project, Midsummer Night Swing, Mostly Mozart Festival, White Light Festival, the Emmy Award–winning Live From Lincoln Center, which airs nationally on PBS, and Lincoln Center Education, which is celebrating 40 years enriching the lives of students, educators, and lifelong learners. As manager of the Lincoln Center campus, LCPA provides support and services for the Lincoln Center complex and the 11 resident organizations: The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, The Film Society of Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Juilliard School, Lincoln Center Theater, The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, the School of American Ballet, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. For more information, visit lincolncenter.org.

 

About Lincoln Center Education

Celebrating its 40th year, Lincoln Center Education (LCE) is a global leader in arts education and advocacy and the education cornerstone of Lincoln Center, the world’s largest performing arts complex. LCE is committed to enriching the lives of students, educators, and lifelong learners by providing opportunities for engagement with the highest-quality arts on the stage, in the classroom, via digital platforms, and within the community. Founded in 1975 as the Lincoln Center Institute for Arts in Education, LCE has four decades of unparalleled school and community partnerships, professional development workshops, consulting services, and its very own repertory. LCE has reached more than 20 million students, teachers, school administrators, parents, community members, teaching artists, pre-service teachers, university professors, and artists in New York City, across the nation, and around the world. LincolnCenterEducation.org.

 

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Lincoln Center Arts Teacher Award 2016
Caption: Left to right: District 5 Superintendent Gale Reeves; Big Apple Award/Lincoln Center Arts Teacher Award winner Dana Monteiro; New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña; Frederick Douglass Academy Principal Joseph Gates; Lincoln Center Education Chair Ann Unterberg
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