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Brooklyn Scholars Teacher Receives Excellence in Teaching Award

Brooklyn Scholars Charter School seventh and eighth-grade teacher Aurelia Copeland-Matthews was honored with an Excellence in Teaching Award from National Heritage Academies (NHA).
The award was announced by National Heritage Academies President and CEO, Mr. Brian Britton during a school assembly on Wednesday, Jan. 24. 
“I truly believe that teaching is one of the hardest professions and, certainly, one of the noblest,” Britton said. “Teachers don’t just perform a task; they give of themselves daily for the advancement of others. The Excellence in Teaching Award allows us to recognize our hard-working teachers and to thank them for their tireless efforts and investment into helping our students excel.
“It is my hope that all our students know how blessed they are to have such top-notch and dedicated teachers,” Britton added. “Participating in this assembly is a privilege. It is an honor to meet and thank these individuals for their dedication to their students, school community, and National Heritage Academies.”
Every year, NHA celebrates the finest educators in its system of 84 schools by highlighting outstanding teachers. There are 13 categories with most having seven finalists in each. This year NHA celebrates and recognizes 102 finalists and 13 winners. Categories include each grade level, specials teachers, paraprofessionals, special education, and interventionists. The finalists were determined by a number of factors including student test scores, annual performance evaluations, and parent satisfaction data.
“I am humbled by this award from National Heritage Academies,” said Copeland-Matthews. “It is my pleasure to teach these outstanding students, I share this award with them and their hard work. I am so grateful to teach at a school I love and with colleagues I admire so very much.”
“Ms. Copeland-Matthews is extremely deserving of this award,” said Principal Desiree Kirton. “Her dedication to her student’s success is top notch. We are so fortunate to have her as part of the Brooklyn Scholars family.”
Brooklyn Scholars also recognized Ms. Nany Yu, a sixth-grade teacher who was named a finalist by NHA for the 2018 Excellence in Teaching Awards.
Brooklyn Scholars Charter School is a free public charter school serving students in kindergarten through eighth grade. NHA operates 84 schools in nine states serving more than 57,000 students.

About Brooklyn Scholars Charter School
Brooklyn Scholars Charter School is a tuition-free, public charter school in Brooklyn, New York, serving students in kindergarten through eighth grade. It is part of the National Heritage Academies network, which includes more than 100 tuition-free, public charter schools serving more than 65,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade across nine states. For more information, visit

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