Gold Star Educator Award Recipients

South Middle Gold Star Educators. (Contributed photo)

South Middle School teachers Katie Dervin and Kirsten Kuhn, co-chairs of the school’s No Place for Hate committee, have been selected as the recipients of the 2022 Gold Star Educator Award presented by the New York/New Jersey chapter of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).
The Gold Star Educator Award recognizes an educator who has exhibited extraordinary leadership in the effort to make their school No Place for Hate. Ms. Dervin and Ms. Kuhn have served as co-chairs of the South Middle No Place for Hate committee since 2018.
The ADL No Place for Hate program provides a model for combating bullying, racism, and prejudice in schools. To be recognized through this national program, schools must form a committee to oversee and promote harmony and respect for differences, officially present the “Resolution for Respect,” and hold three or more activities during the year that celebrate diversity and promote respect. South Middle has earned the Gold Star No Place for Hate School designation for six consecutive years.
“This year and every year, your school supports your Peer Leaders and submits activities that are creative, unique, allyship oriented and thought-provoking,” reads the congratulatory letter from the ADL New York/New Jersey education directors. “Thank you for going above and beyond to make your school a respectful and inclusive learning environment.”
In addition to serving as No Place for Hate committee co-chairs, Ms. Dervin and Ms. Kuhn are also faculty advisors for the Adolescent Advocates club at South Middle. This organization aims to educate students about hate and other issues impacting the school community and society at large, and provide students with the tools to respond appropriately to acts of bias, prejudice, stereotypes, discrimination, and bullying.
—Submitted by the Great Neck Public School District

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