The New York City-area Success Academy Charter Schools have recognized Rashid Perkins ’12 with Excellence Awards for his commitment to his work, to his school and to students.
Founded in 2006, Success Academy Charter Schools are free public K-12 schools open to all children in the state through a random lottery. Consisting of 41 schools across Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan and Queens, Success Academy enrolls a total of 14,000 students – primarily low-income children of color from disadvantaged neighborhoods.
Currently a first-grade special education teacher at Success Academy Williamsburg in Brooklyn, Perkins was presented with the Excellence Award for Teacher Growth, which recognizes teachers who have exhibited the most significant progress in classroom-wide excellence since the start of the school year.
Perkins, who majored in history, became a peer tutor adviser after graduation, mentoring incoming first-year students at the HWS Summer Institute and supporting their academic and social development as they transitioned into campus life.
“This experience propelled me to join AmeriCorps and tutor middle and elementary school students in low-performing public schools,” says Perkins.
Perkins went on to serve in the AmeriCorps’ City Year program, which offers resources to urban school districts, including one-on-one and group tutoring during the school day, before- and after-school club activities to enrich curriculum and the organization of celebrations, activities and projects to sponsor school spirit and a sense of belonging.