September 28, 2015 – Newark, NJ – NJTV, New Jersey’s public television network, announced that it will celebrate the work of local educators in conjunction with the national high school graduation initiative American Graduate Day.  Three teachers will be honored as 2015 American Graduate Champions for the innovation and inspiration in the classroom that helps their students stay engaged in school and achieve long-term academic success.  NJTV’s 2015 American Graduate Champions are:

  • Kate Baker, an English teacher at Southern Regional High School in Manahawkin and a local PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator;
  • Tyree Barnes, a math teacher and former tutor at Great Oaks Charter School in Newark who recently authored a book about his life;
  • Sara Mosle, a teacher at Philip’s Academy Charter School in Newark who works with the PBS NewsHour Student Reporter Labs.

Viewers will get to know more about the honorees and their work in the classroom when the network broadcasts interstitial profiles of the educators starting this week.  Their stories will also be posted online at njtvnews.org.  In addition, the three American Graduate Champions will also be honored at a ceremony October 1 at 5pm at the Agnes Varis NJTV Studio at Two Gateway in Newark.  The event will feature a screening of NJTV’s “Stories of Champions” segments and remarks by NJTV’s General Manager, John Servidio.

“Public television’s core is education,” said Servidio.  “NJTV is proud to salute these teachers and support the American Graduate initiative as a way to promote smart students and smart media.”

This Champion recognition is part of American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, a public media initiative made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, with additional funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

To bring attention to the need for more Champions to help all students navigate the challenges in and out of the classroom and to spotlight those who are already making a difference every day, American Graduate Day will premiere on public media stations nationwide this fall, including NJTV on October 3 from 11am-6pm.  It is a live, seven-hour multiplatform broadcast from Tisch WNET Studios, hosted by Soledad O’Brien, that features interviews with newsmakers, celebrities and performances celebrating the exceptional work of our educators and innovators. NJTV News anchor Mary Alice Williams will moderate a panel during the broadcast and NJTV News correspondent Lauren Wanko will report from the field that day.

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About NJTV

NJTV, New Jersey’s public television network, brings quality arts, education and public affairs programming to all 21 counties in New Jersey and its tri-state neighbors. NJTV presents acclaimed PBS series such as Nature, American Masters, Charlie Rose, and BBC World News America and children’s programs with diverse local programs including American Songbook at NJPAC, On the Record with Michael Aron, Driving Jersey, NJDocs, Due Process, One-on-One with Steve Adubato, Classroom Close-Up NJ and State of the Arts. The network’s flagship news broadcast, NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams, features stories from across the Garden State utilizing the Agnes Varis NJTV Studio in Newark, its Trenton Statehouse studio and remote cameras at university content bureaus as well as media partners. The NJTV website offers online programs and free digital resources for educators. NJTV is comprised of WNJN, WNJS, WNJB, and WNJT, which collectively broadcast throughout NJ. NJTV is operated under an agreement with the state of New Jersey by Public Media NJ, Inc. (PMNJ), a non-profit affiliate of WNET, parent company of award-winning New York public television stations THIRTEEN and WLIW21.