Sunday, September 30, 2012

Your All Access Pass to the Bammy Awards!

Nick Provenzano, Eric Sheninger, Kyle Pace, Erin Klein, Joan Young, Adam Bellow

The Bammy Awards
Washington D.C. 2012

I recently had the pleasure of attending the first ever Bammy Awards in Washington D.C. this September.  The Bammys are presented by the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences International.  They recognize excellence throughout the education field - from teachers, principals and superintendents, to school nurses, support staff, advocates, researchers, early childhood specialists, education journalists, and parents.  

More About the Bammys:
  • You can read more about the Bammy Awards by clicking here to connect to their about page.
  • For the June 11, 2012 press release, click here.
  • For the National Association of Elementary Principals Yahoo press release, click here.
  • For the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences press release, click here.
  • For the National PTA press release, click here.
Photo Credit: Kevin Jarrett
The event truly was a special evening.  A limousine brought the twenty educators I was with to the red carpet in front of the Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater where we were greeted by photographers and the press.   

Upon arriving, many hugs and smiles were shared as we joined our friends from across the country.  Most of us stay connected through Twitter and blogging.  Conferences allow for us to finally meet face to face and collaborate on a new level while sharing ideas and exchanging friendly conversation.  This event provided a relaxing venue where we could simply take in the beautiful city and enjoy ourselves without preparing presentations or double checking session schedules to attend. 

More about the red carpet:
  • Rae Pica interviews Diane Ravitch, Randi Weingarten, and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan - click here
  • Kevin Jarrett's Flickr Collection - click here

Taylor Mali speaks at The Bammy Awards

 As the twenty educators I was with sat together, we clapped as leaders in education were awarded and recognized for their efforts in helping to make a positive change for students.  The ceremony felt surreal.  Recipients walked onto stage, received their trophy, and delivered an acceptance speech.  Parts of the evening included entertaining segments from Taylor Mali and Jimmy Burns.  The Twitterati took the stage to get recognized for their efforts in sharing resources with the educational community online.  It was enjoyable to see so many wonderful people get recognized for their dedication to the field.

More about the awards:
  • Select and watch any of the 18 individual award presentations - click here
  • Listen to the Washington Metropolitan Youth Orchestra - click here
  • Lifetime Achievement Awards:
          - Diane Ravitch: click here
          - Linda Darling Hammond: click here
          - John Merrow: click here

Angela Maiers, Steven Anderson, Erin Klein, Kyle Pace, and Salome Thomas

I often say that teaching is not what I do, it's who I am.  I'm fortunate because I work in a supportive school where I'm surrounded by such talented and inspiring colleagues.  My online community doesn't feel like a distant, virtual world.  My friends I've made through social media mean just as much to me as the colleagues I see every day.  Both networks allow me to grow as a professional and a person.  Because of the people I surround myself with, I continue to learn from so that my students receive the best I can offer.  They are the reason I teach.  They deserve my personal best.  Thank you to all those that inspire me daily!

More about Bammy attendees:
  • The First National Education Tweet Up - click here
  • Bammy Twitter List (great people to follow) - click here


  1. How awesome! I hope this is the first of many similar events that recognize teachers like you and others in the field of education.

  2. I enjoyed meeting you during Bammy weekend and look forward to further connection.

  3. Melissa,

    Me too! I think it is wonderful for organizations to host such events to recognize the work people do to support our students.



  4. Devin,

    Likewise! I hope to connect again soon.

    Thank you so much for your help in organizing the travel for everyone. Much appreciated!



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