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Honoring Shimon Waronker, recipient of the Association of Orthodox Jewish Teachers' Elementary School Principal of the Year Award on...

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring Shimon Waronker upon the occasion of his
designation by the Association of Orthodox Jewish Teachers as the recip-
ient of its Elementary School Principal of the Year Award on March 27,
2011

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize and
commend illustrious individuals of distinguished purpose whose lives
have been committed to the pursuit of excellence in the education of the
youth of the Empire State; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to commend
Shimon Waronker upon the occasion of his designation by the Association
of Orthodox Jewish Teachers of the New York City Public Schools as the
recipient of its Elementary School Principal of the Year Award; and
WHEREAS, Shimon Waronker, Principal of P.S. 770K, will be honored at
the organization's 41st Annual Luncheon, to be held at The Renaissance
in Brooklyn, New York, on Sunday, March 27, 2011; and
WHEREAS, A former United States Army intelligence officer, Shimon
Waronker earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Mary-
land, College Park, a Bachelor of Religious Studies degree from the
Rabbinical College of America, a Master of Science degree from Touro
College, and a Master of Education degree from the Harvard Graduate
School of Education, where he is currently working toward a Doctor of
Education (Ed.D.) degree as well; and
WHEREAS, After serving as a middle school teacher for three years,
Shimon Waronker graduated with the first cohort of the New York City
Leadership Academy and was then named Principal of Jordan L. Mott J.H.S.
22 in the South Bronx, one of New York City's most troubled schools; and
WHEREAS, He was able to help turn the school around using methods
including expelling and suspending large numbers of students and adding
guidance counselors, a psychologist, social workers, and family workers
to the staff; and
WHEREAS, Shimon Waronker, who believes in giving children and teachers
room to grow, is now serving as Headmaster of The New American Academy
at Lincoln Terrace Park (P.S. 770) in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, where he
and his family reside; and
WHEREAS, The concept of The New American Academy, where the teaching
methods are modeled after those at the renowned Phillips Exeter Academy,
was devised by Shimon Waronker with advice from Harvard's Graduate
School of Education and with the cooperation of the teachers' union; and
WHEREAS, Shimon Waronker has been recognized many times for his dedi-
cation, commitment and innovation; he was awarded two fellowships, a
Cahn Fellowship at Teacher's College, Columbia University and a Presi-
dential Fellowship at Harvard University, and had the unique opportunity
of working under New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein for a year;
and
WHEREAS, The numerous honors Shimon Waronker has received include, in
addition, the Chevalier dans l'Ordre Palmes Academiques, an Order of
Chivalry of France given by the Government of France to eminent academ-
ics and cultural and educational figures; the Lamplighter Humanitarian
Award; and the National Urban Alliance Educational Leadership Award as
well as numerous awards from several New York State and New York City
public officials; and
WHEREAS, With Shimon Waronker throughout have been his wife Malka, and
their six children, Shoshana, Yaakov, Tamar, Tzvia, Devorah Leah, and
Baruch David, all of whom are proud to be part of his life and rejoice
in his many achievements; and

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that when individ-
uals of such accomplishment are brought to our attention it is appropri-
ate to publicly proclaim and commend them for the edification and
emulation of others; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Shimon Waronker upon the occasion of his designation as the recip-
ient of the Association of Orthodox Jewish Teachers' Elementary School
Principal of the Year Award on March 27, 2011; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Shimon Waronker.

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  • 16 / Mar / 2011
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 22 / Mar / 2011
    • REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • 22 / Mar / 2011
    • ADOPTED

Resolution Details

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