Congratulations to the 2021 B.E.S.T. Award Recipients!

Seymour and Sophie Haber Award for Excellence in Teaching at the Elementary Level / Karen Voorhees – Fountain Hill Elementary School
Bernie Cohen Award for Excellence in Teaching at the Middle School Level / Lynn Vento – Broughal Middle School
Anthony Ruggiero Award for Excellence in Teaching at the High School Level / Grace Ruggerio – Freedom High School
The Bethlehem Educational Scholastic Trust (B.E.S.T.) Fund was established with the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation more than two decades ago by a group of Bethlehem civic & business leaders who believe that the work of teachers is so critical to the community – as well as to the students – that outstanding teachers required special recognition.
Since 2000, B.E.S.T. Awards reward excellence in teaching at the K-12 levels in the Bethlehem Area School District (BASD). All recipients of the B.E.S.T. Award receive a certificate, a monetary award, and are recognized at the BASD convocation in August.
In partnership with The Lehigh Valley Community Foundation, The Foundation for the Bethlehem Area School District has developed the nomination process and recipient selection process for 2021. Recipients of the 2021 B.E.S.T. Awards are chosen by The Foundation’s Grant Committee which is comprised of community members with a variety of personal and professional expertise.
Congratulations to this year’s award winners who were celebrated at Convocation.
Seymour and Sophie Haber Award for Excellence in Teaching at the Elementary Level, Karen Vorhees, Fountain Hill
Bernie Cohen Award for Excellence in Teaching at the Middle School Level, Lynn Vento, Broughal
Anthony Ruggiero Award for Excellence in Teaching at the High School Level, Graceanne Ruggiero, Freedom