NEW YORK, NY — Alan Nuñez, a music teacher at the Academy of the City Charter School, was recently inducted as a 2015-2016 Fellow of The Academy for Teachers.
The Academy brings New York’s finest teachers together for Master Classes led by preeminent intellectuals and artists. Teachers are nominated for Master Classes by teachers who know their work, their nominations are evaluated by a committee of teachers, and nominees with the highest scores are invited to attend. Being selected is an honor.
“Fellows of The Academy for Teachers are passionate, smart, impressive teachers,” says Sam Swope, The Academy’s founder. “They’re delighted to learn and excited to teach. That’s one of the things that makes Master Classes inspiring and productive. You know the day will benefit thousands of kids.”
Mr. Nuñez was one of just 18 public and private school teachers invited to “The Lifelong Advantage of Curiosity” with biographer David McCullough, who has won two Pulitzer Prizes, two National Book Awards, and the Presi-dential Medal of Freedom. The class was held in the Trustees Room at the New York Public Library’s landmark building on Fifth Avenue. Following the morning seminar with Mr. McCullough, the Fellows had an opportunity to share teaching strategies with each other.
Mr. Nuñez said, “It was invaluable to hear a great storyteller not only tell us the value of story in our everyday lives and in our teaching, but to demonstrate it by talking for almost three hours. He was always on topic and of tremendous interest, thus showing that the best teachers are the ones that can synthesize facts and turn them into relatable narratives.”