The Bilingual Fair Awards are designed to honor people who have helped strengthen bilingual education in the city, either as a teacher, organizer, official, activist, student, etc. Nominations are suggested by members of the bilingual community. The organizing team then selects a shortlist of 5 people for each award, and the winners are announced the day of the fair!

Award #1: The NYBF Leader Award

Whether activist or leader of an organization, they were able to bring together all the actors and create cultural bridges via languages.

The nominees are :

Head of School of the International Academy of New York

Shelley Borror Jackson

Head of School of the International Academy of New York

Head of School of the International Academy of New York

Shelley Borror Jackson

Head of School of the International Academy of New York

Executive Director of the New York State Association for Bilingual Education

Nancy Villarreal de Adler

Executive Director of the New York State Association for Bilingual Education

Executive Director of the New York State Association for Bilingual Education

Nancy Villarreal de Adler

Executive Director of the New York State Association for Bilingual Education

Assistant principal at PS 58, Brooklyn

Annique Leman

Assistant principal at PS 58, Brooklyn

Assistant principal at PS 58, Brooklyn

Annique Leman

Assistant principal at PS 58, Brooklyn

President of the Community Education Council District 3

Lucas Liu

President of the Community Education Council District 3

President of the Community Education Council District 3

Lucas Liu

President of the Community Education Council District 3

Researcher and Author, Education Attache for the French Embassy of the United States

Fabrice Jaumont

Researcher and Author, Education Attache for the French Embassy of the United States

Researcher and Author, Education Attache for the French Embassy of the United States

Fabrice Jaumont

Researcher and Author, Education Attache for the French Embassy of the United States

Award #2: The NYBF Trailblazer Award

An individual who has extensively contributed to the launch of one or more multilingual programs.

The nominees are :

Founders o f Hola NYC, Montessori-based, Spanish-immersion early education program

Lilliana Diaz Pedrosa and Maria Herminia Graterol

Founders o f Hola NYC, Montessori-based, Spanish-immersion early education program

Founders o f Hola NYC, Montessori-based, Spanish-immersion early education program

Lilliana Diaz Pedrosa and Maria Herminia Graterol

Founders o f Hola NYC, Montessori-based, Spanish-immersion early education program

Founding Principal of Dos Puentes Elementary School

Victoria Hunt

Founding Principal of Dos Puentes Elementary School

Founding Principal of Dos Puentes Elementary School

Victoria Hunt

Founding Principal of Dos Puentes Elementary School

Founding principal of the High School for Asian and Dual Language Studies

Li Yan

Founding principal of the High School for Asian and Dual Language Studies

Founding principal of the High School for Asian and Dual Language Studies

Li Yan

Founding principal of the High School for Asian and Dual Language Studies

Principal at PS 172 since 1984 and President of FIAO (Federation of Italian-American Organizations)

Jack Spatola

Principal at PS 172 since 1984 and President of FIAO (Federation of Italian-American Organizations)

Principal at PS 172 since 1984 and President of FIAO (Federation of Italian-American Organizations)

Jack Spatola

Principal at PS 172 since 1984 and President of FIAO (Federation of Italian-American Organizations)

Founder of La Caravane FrancoFun

Madelia Bergeroo

Founder of La Caravane FrancoFun

Founder of La Caravane FrancoFun

Madelia Bergeroo

Founder of La Caravane FrancoFun

Award #3: The NYBF Innovation Award

Someone who has successfully proposed a new approach with regard to contents, projects or models.

The nominees are :

Arabic teacher in second grade at PS/IS 30

Maha Afifi

Arabic teacher in second grade at PS/IS 30

Arabic teacher in second grade at PS/IS 30

Maha Afifi

Arabic teacher in second grade at PS/IS 30

Executive director and co-founder of People’s Theatre Project

Mino Lora

Executive director and co-founder of People’s Theatre Project

Executive director and co-founder of People’s Theatre Project

Mino Lora

Executive director and co-founder of People’s Theatre Project

French Dual Language Coordinator and Instructional Coach at NYC Department of Education

Blake Ramsey

French Dual Language Coordinator and Instructional Coach at NYC Department of Education

French Dual Language Coordinator and Instructional Coach at NYC Department of Education

Blake Ramsey

French Dual Language Coordinator and Instructional Coach at NYC Department of Education

Teacher at the Polish dual-language program at PS 34 Oliver H. Perry in Greenpoint

Elizabeth Czastkiewicz

Teacher at the Polish dual-language program at PS 34 Oliver H. Perry in Greenpoint

Teacher at the Polish dual-language program at PS 34 Oliver H. Perry in Greenpoint

Elizabeth Czastkiewicz

Teacher at the Polish dual-language program at PS 34 Oliver H. Perry in Greenpoint

Teacher at the Japanese DLP at PS 147

Kayo Kudo

Teacher at the Japanese DLP at PS 147

Teacher at the Japanese DLP at PS 147

Kayo Kudo

Teacher at the Japanese DLP at PS 147

Award #4: The NYBF Student Award

A student who has helped to further the understanding of bilingual education by organizing and/or inspiring his/her peers.

The nominees are :

One of the two very first students who qualified for the New York State Seal of Biliteracy in French in 2017

Ibrahima Sow

One of the two very first students who qualified for the New York State Seal of Biliteracy in French in 2017

One of the two very first students who qualified for the New York State Seal of Biliteracy in French in 2017

Ibrahima Sow

One of the two very first students who qualified for the New York State Seal of Biliteracy in French in 2017

Graduate of Fordham University and now a Master's student in translation at NYU. Trilingual (French, English and Arabic)

Mariam Moustafa

Graduate of Fordham University and now a Master's student in translation at NYU. Trilingual (French, English and Arabic)

Graduate of Fordham University and now a Master's student in translation at NYU. Trilingual (French, English and Arabic)

Mariam Moustafa

Graduate of Fordham University and now a Master's student in translation at NYU. Trilingual (French, English and Arabic)

Boerum Hill School, student in the bilingual International Baccalaureate program

Neige Auvray

Boerum Hill School, student in the bilingual International Baccalaureate program

Boerum Hill School, student in the bilingual International Baccalaureate program

Neige Auvray

Boerum Hill School, student in the bilingual International Baccalaureate program

Award #5: The NYBF Parent Award

A parent whose actions have been essential to supporting bilingual/multilingual education in their schools.

The nominees are :

Parent liaison at PS20 in Brooklyn

Jont Enroth

Parent liaison at PS20 in Brooklyn

Parent liaison at PS20 in Brooklyn

Jont Enroth

Parent liaison at PS20 in Brooklyn

Parent and Speech Therapist at The Boerum Hill School for International Studies

Marine Putman

Parent and Speech Therapist at The Boerum Hill School for International Studies

Parent and Speech Therapist at The Boerum Hill School for International Studies

Marine Putman

Parent and Speech Therapist at The Boerum Hill School for International Studies

Co-founder of “In Italiano”, promoting italian in NYC public schools.

Stefania Puxeddu

Co-founder of “In Italiano”, promoting italian in NYC public schools.

Co-founder of “In Italiano”, promoting italian in NYC public schools.

Stefania Puxeddu

Co-founder of “In Italiano”, promoting italian in NYC public schools.

Parent, founder, and co-director of Cypress Hill School, one of the longest-standing Spanish dual-language school

Maria Jaya

Parent, founder, and co-director of Cypress Hill School, one of the longest-standing Spanish dual-language school

Parent, founder, and co-director of Cypress Hill School, one of the longest-standing Spanish dual-language school

Maria Jaya

Parent, founder, and co-director of Cypress Hill School, one of the longest-standing Spanish dual-language school

Helped found two Russian Dual Language Programs at PS 200 and IS 228

Maria Kot

Helped found two Russian Dual Language Programs at PS 200 and IS 228

Helped found two Russian Dual Language Programs at PS 200 and IS 228

Maria Kot

Helped found two Russian Dual Language Programs at PS 200 and IS 228

Award #6: The NYBF Patron Award

A leading business figure, a philanthropist or an organization, recognized for her/his outstanding contribution to bilingual/multilingual education in the New York area.

The nominees are :

Founded the French Heritage Language Program

Jane Ross

Founded the French Heritage Language Program

Founded the French Heritage Language Program

Jane Ross

Founded the French Heritage Language Program

Board member of International Academy of New York

Jingying Wu

Board member of International Academy of New York

Board member of International Academy of New York

Jingying Wu

Board member of International Academy of New York

Benefactors of The Ecole

Philippe & Laurence Roux

Benefactors of The Ecole

Benefactors of The Ecole

Philippe & Laurence Roux

Benefactors of The Ecole

Executive Director of the Boc (Business Outreach Center) Network

Nancy Carin

Executive Director of the Boc (Business Outreach Center) Network

Executive Director of the Boc (Business Outreach Center) Network

Nancy Carin

Executive Director of the Boc (Business Outreach Center) Network

Senior Programs Advisor for QFI (Qatar Foundation International)

Carine Allaf

Senior Programs Advisor for QFI (Qatar Foundation International)

Senior Programs Advisor for QFI (Qatar Foundation International)

Carine Allaf

Senior Programs Advisor for QFI (Qatar Foundation International)