On June 6, two Baltimore City Public School teachers, Patrick Daniels and James Childs, were awarded the first annual Bernard Manekin Award for Leadership in Education. Funded by the Bernard and Vivian Manekin Foundation, a supporting foundation of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, the award seeks to “shine a light on great teachers in Baltimore City and by doing so, inspire others,” said Sarah Manekin, who helps lead the foundation, which was established in memory of her grandparents, Bernard and Vivian Manekin.
Sarah Manekin said she decided to launch the award for city educators as a way of honoring her grandfather’s “commitment to civil leadership in Baltimore and to celebrate people who are working to cultivate the leaders of tomorrow.”
Manekin described her grandfather as a “lifelong learner with fierce intellectual curiosity, and though he never stood at the front of classroom — he taught mostly by example — he modeled hard work, intelligence, persistence, empathy and an unbreakable commitment to community.” Manekin said educators throughout Baltimore “are essential to developing the thoughtful, curious, compassionate and committed citizens we need in Baltimore.”
The award will be granted annually with a $2,000 prize.