A double alumna of St. John's University is one of 11 New York
City educators to receive the inaugural
Big Apple Award, presented jointly by Mayor Michael Bloomberg
and Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott.
Following a rigorous evaluation process, Catherine Downey ’07Ed,
’08G, who teaches fifth grade at P.S. 128 in the Bensonhurst
section of Brooklyn, NY, was chosen from among 2,000 nominees for
the prestigious award.
The program recognizes the city’s best teachers while encouraging a
larger conversation about excellence in the classroom. Honored in
June with a ceremony at Gracie Mansion, the Mayor’s official
residence, Downey and her fellow recipients each will receive a
$3,500 classroom grant to enhance their work with students.