Teitel: CCNY Alumni Association’s Educator of the Year
Alfred S. Posamentier, Ph.D.
the National Arts Club, The City College of New York Education
Alumni Association honored one of its outstanding graduates, Stanley
Teitel (’71) with its Educator of the Year award. Mr. Teitel is
currently principal of Stuyvesant High School, a position he has
held since 1999.
Teitel demonstrated early on that he had a penchant for the study
of science—in fact he has always professed that Albert Einstein
was his hero. As a young boy growing up in Brooklyn in the 1950s
Mr. Teitel attended P.S. 221 and Lefferts JHS. He entered countless
science fairs and even won awards. He was presented with a NYC
medal of achievement in science from Mayor Robert F. Wagner. When
his family moved to the Rockaways in the 1960s, Mr. Teitel studied
Marine Biology at Far Rockaway High School. His talent in Biology
led him to attend the prestigious City College of New York where
he majored in Biology/Chemistry. After receiving his BA, Mr. Teitel
pursued his calling to educate youngsters in New York City and
took a Master’s Degree in Science Education from Brooklyn College.
He also holds a master’s degree in Administration and Supervision
from Manhattan College.
On November 7, 1971 Mr. Teitel started a career in teaching that
culminated 32 years later with the principalship of Stuyvesant
High School. At William Howard Taft High School in the Bronx,
he served as Coordinator of the College Bound program for students
who ordinarily might not have chosen to pursue higher education.
He left in 1983 when he was recruited by Stuyvesant to teach Chemistry
and Physics, Advanced Placement Physics and mentor Independent
Student Research. Under his tutelage, many students entered the
Westinghouse Science Talent Search competition and other nation-wide
science contests. His work as a science educator was so highly
regarded that in 1997 he was selected Assistant Principal of the
Department of Chemistry/Physics. In just two short years, on August
25, 1999, he rose to become leader of Stuyvesant where he supervises
over 150 pedagogues and monitors the education of over 3000 of
our “best and brightest” students of New York City.
He is currently an active member in the National Science Foundation,
the Science Teachers Association of New York State, the National
Consortium of Specialized Secondary Schools in Mathematics, Science
and Technology, and the Science Council of New York City. Currently,
he is serving as leader of the ad hoc committee to improve the
results of the Physics Regents for all of New York State.
In January 2003, Stuyvesant had 19 semi-finalists in the Intel
Science Talent Search, more than any other high school in the
nation. Eventually, three Stuyvesant students were selected as
finalists in this highly competitive contest. In addition, students
win countless awards in the humanities, including poetry contests,
the Bertlesmann Awards for Fiction Writing, Speech and Debate
national competitions, and Columbia National Press Association
Awards for the school newspaper, The Spectator. Mr. Teitel’s
continued excellent “hands-on” leadership has allowed Stuyvesant
High School to maintain its standing as the best public high school
in the Metropolitan area.#
Alfred S. Posamentier is the Dean of Education, City College of
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