Maury Elementary teacher Lauren Bomba has won the prestigious Rubenstein Excellence in Teaching Award, the Hill Rag has learned. Bomba’s colleagues celebrated at the school Friday after they heard the announcement.
Bomba has been a teacher for seven years, all at Maury, said Maury Assistant Principal Taeneress Griffin. Bomba is the art teacher at the school, teaching students all the way from Pre-K3 to Fifth grade.
“Lauren Bomba is an excellent educator, and she is a valuable member of the Maury Elementary team,” said Griffin. “She is innovative, passionate, hard-working and the most creative person I know.”
“We are ecstatic that she has won this award because she is very deserving,” Griffin said.
The Awards are presented to seven DCPS teachers in recognition of their outstanding achievement and dedication, and come with a $5,000 prize. DCPS educators, students, parents and community members nominate teachers for this award. A panel which includes parents, principals, teacher leaders, instructional superintendents and other program staff select the final list of winners.
The awards are made possible due to the generosity of David Rubenstein, co-founder and managing director of the Carlyle Group and chairman of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
This is Bomba’s second teaching award this year. Assistant Principal Griffin said that earlier this year, Bomba was named the 2018 DC Art Educator of the Year by the DC branch of the National Art Education Association, Art Education DC.
A longer piece will follow on the award, Bomba and her teaching. School Principal Carolyne Albert-Garvey, herself a 2013 winner of the Rubenstein Award for Highly Effective Leadership, will be available for comment Monday.
Bomba will be recognized together with the other Excellence in Teaching Award winners at the annual Standing Ovation for DC Public Schools, hosted by DC Public Education Fund and held at the Anthem Theatre on February 8, 2018.
This post has been updated to reflect information provided by DCPS.