2016 – Rye Middle School Point-of-Pride Award
Rye Middle School principal awarded my students’ and my work, raising fund for refugee children, with the Rye Middle School Point-of-Pride 2015-2016 distinction.
“There are many, many activities in the middle school that I am very proud of. The faculty, staff and students are very, very special so it was difficult to decide what to highlight. This year, I would like you to highlight the following:
Under the guidance of art teacher Kim Tamalonis, one hundred thirty-eight Rye Middle School sixth, seventh and eighth graders aided Syrian child refugees living in camps in Jordan and Turkey. The Rye Middle School kids collected 100 pounds of art supplies to send to Syrian children in the 80,000 person Za’atari Refugee Camp in Jordan. The kids then raised $3100 by selling gift cards and original art during a month-long exhibition at the Rye Arts Center. The proceeds support the Blossom Hill Foundation’s programs for Syrian child refugees, including continued development of a computer lab in a refugee camp in Turkey.”
2011 – Westchester County Common Core Development Committee.
Standard developer (I had no power to influence the outcome. I felt very opposed to testing grade school art students. However, being chosen for the council was a dubious honor).
2008 – Rye High School Distinguished Service Award *Please see Document A
2005 – College Board Teaching Award
Listed in the 2006 College Board Report to the Nation, as the foundations teacher in the program with the highest scores in the world (in the small size high school school category). * Please see Document B