NJTV to Recognize Three New Jersey Educators as American Graduate Champions


NJTV, New Jersey’s public television network, announced that it will celebrate the work of local educators in conjunction with the national high school graduation initiative American Graduate Day. Three teachers will be honored as 2015 American Graduate Champions for the innovation and inspiration in the classroom that helps their students stay engaged in school and achieve long-term academic success. NJTV’s 2015 American Graduate Champions are:

Kate Baker, an English teacher at Southern Regional High School in Manahawkin and a local PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator.

Tyree Barnes, a math teacher and former tutor at Great Oaks Charter School in Newark who recently authored a book about his life.

Sara Mosle, a teacher at Philip’s Academy Charter School in Newark who works with the PBS NewsHour Student Reporter Labs.

The three American Graduate Champions will be honored at a ceremony October 1 at the Agnes Varis NJTV Studio at Two Gateway in Newark.  The event will feature a screening of NJTV’s “Stories of Champions” segments and remarks by NJTV’s General Manager, John Servidio.

Join us in celebration of the American Graduate Champions:
Thursday, October 1, 2015
5:00 – 7:00 pm
Agnes Varis NJTV Studio
Two Gateway Center
Newark, New Jersey
Rsvp to: AmericanGraduate@njtvonline.org

This Champion recognition is part of American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, a public media initiative made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, with additional funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

To bring attention to the need for more Champions to help all students navigate the challenges in and out of the classroom and to spotlight those who are already making a difference every day, American Graduate Day will premiere on public media stations nationwide this fall, including NJTV on October 3 from 11am-6pm.  It is a live, seven-hour multiplatform broadcast from Tisch WNET Studios, hosted by Soledad O’Brien, that features interviews with newsmakers, celebrities and performances celebrating the exceptional work of our educators and innovators. NJTV News anchor Mary Alice Williams will moderate a panel during the broadcast and NJTV News correspondent Lauren Wanko will report from the field that day.