Ernest R. Caverly Award

Since 1984, the Ernest R. Caverly Award has been presented to Brookline educators in recognition of professional achievements and contributions to the Brookline Public Schools. Two awards are given annually: one to a high school educator and one to an elementary school educator. The educators receiving the awards are designated as Ernest R. Caverly Associates in recognition of their dedication to the ideals of Dr. Ernest R. Caverly, a distinguished public school leader, educator, and Brookline Schools Superintendent (1931-1964).  Caverly Recipients, 1984 to present.

2017 Caverly Award Recipients

In 2017, the Brookline Education Foundation was proud to honor the following outstanding exemplars of Excellence in Teaching:

 

DOMINIQUE FERDINAND

Dominique Ferdinand has worked for 20 years as a Kindergarten teacher at the Lawrence school. Overflowing with warmth and kindness, Dominique embodies the perfect introduction to formal education. She makes learning fun and exciting, starting the day off with a song, and dressing up for 26 days as a representation of the letters of the alphabet. Dominique engages her students in the curriculum and teaches them to be citizens of the world.

Beyond the classroom, Dominique is continually learning and working to improve her craft, and is quick to help her colleagues in any way. Current and former students are always in her classroom before and after school, and current and former parents frequently ask her for advice, which she freely gives with thoughtfulness and warmth. One parent said that the examples of her excellence "might sound like far-fetched characteristics of a fictional teacher." It is not a fairy tale, however; Dominique is a gifted, dedicated teacher and individual. She is now, also, a Caverly Award winner.

BETTY STRONG

Betty Strong has been teaching at Brookline High School since 2000. When people describe Betty, the same words keep coming up: "collaborative", "thoughtful", and "amazing". This is true of her work with students, as well as with her colleagues and the teachers she mentors. A true professional, Betty is constantly improving her knowledge and her craft by attending conferences, collaborating with peers, and working on various initiatives. She is not afraid to try new things or accept feedback from her colleagues and mentees.

Betty works hard to make sure that her classes are student-centered, and that she holds all students to a high standard. She is encouraging of all students, and she challenges all students in positive ways so that everyone in the class experiences growth. She uses that same energy and encouragement with the new teachers she mentors and advises. Betty is a true leader at the high school, and now she is also its newest Caverly Award winner.

2016 Caverly Award Recipients

In 2016, the Brookline Education Foundation was proud to honor the following outstanding exemplars of Excellence in Teaching:

 

JANICE GAUDETTE


Janice Gaudette
's 31-year career at Devotion School has been spent working with students with a history of emotional disabilities in the Therapeutic Learning Center (TLC).  Her ability to find creative solutions to the complicated cases presented by the TLC population is widely praised, as is her willingness to share her expertise with colleagues, student teachers, and aides.
 
Gaudette invests countless hours working with students inside and outside the school, doing whatever is needed to help them succeed.  Parents call her "amazing," a "goddess," and a "miracle worker."  She now can add to this list of accolades, "Caverly Award recipient." View Janice's acceptance speech here.
 
 
JILL SIFANTUS
 

Jill Sifantus is a master teacher, creative collaborator, supportive colleague, and caring mentor. Over the past fourteen years at Brookline High School, her many contributions to the science department have made an immense difference in the lives of both her students and fellow teachers. She has pioneered new biology courses, helped revamp existing ones, and selflessly mentored and advised other educators.
 
In the classroom, Sifantus' passion for biology, paired with her deep curiosity, wit, and a life-long love of learning, are infectious. She constantly seeks to learn more and try new approaches to engage and challenge students. View Jill's speech here.
 
 

2017 Caverly Award Call for Nominations

2017 Caverly Award Nomination Form