Announcing the Winners of the 2024 RFK Education Awards


Each year for almost a decade, Schools That Can and Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights come together to celebrate and uplift the incredible school leaders, teachers, and students throughout STC’s network with the RFK Education Awards. 

The RFK Education Awards are grounded in Robert F. Kennedy’s vision of a more just, peaceful world, and are awarded in the spirit of honoring RFK’s legacy and enduring commitment to human rights. Every year, we look forward to honoring the extraordinary work of school leaders, teachers, and students who show incredible commitment to their school communities. Being nominated for the RFK Education Award is a means of being recognized for remarkable commitment to education and contribution to a community. The nominations are a testament to the dedication, innovation, and leadership of nominees.

Schools That Can staff and colleagues nominate individuals who embody a quote selected by STC and RFK’s respective teams. For 2024, the quote is: 

“The future is not a gift: it is an achievement. Every generation helps make its own future. This is the essential challenge of the present.” 

Winners were chosen by RFK Human Rights, and will be celebrated in a special, virtual award ceremony on May 23rd. 

Please join us in congratulating the 2024 winners of the RFK Education Awards:

School Leader Category

  • Shoundel McIntosh, Bronx Theatre High School, Bronx, NY
  • Dr. Wayne Jones, Penn Hills Charter School of Entrepreneurship, Penn Hills, PA

Teacher Category

  • Jason Boll, Perry Traditional Academy, Pittsburgh, PA 
  • Kevin Bednar, Queens Prep Academy, Queens, NY 

Student Category

  • Sophia Bernard-Hierro, Clairton City High School, Clairton, PA
  • Myah-Talia Blair, Gateway Academy Charter High School, Newark, NJ

We invite colleagues and loved ones of all winners to join us in a special awards ceremony on May 23rd at 4:30PM. You can RSVP here.

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