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2009 Scholarship Awards for The Queens High School of Teaching


The Queens High School of Teaching is proud to announce the winners of the 2009 Exec-Comm Teaching Scholarships. For a second year, Exec-Comm, a private consulting firm that teaches communication skills to business professionals, is awarding $5,000 each to three graduating seniors from QHST who intend to pursue teaching as a career. Those students, Dana Weingart, Cecibel Loaiza, and Danielle Derdiarian, each exemplify the missions of QHST and Exec-Comm.

The core of QHST’s mission is to develop students as teachers, both within the classroom while they are learning, and within the communities in which they live. “Teaching” is the theme embedded in everyday classroom practice and in extra curricular programs at QHST. Students participate in hands-on internship programs in neighboring elementary schools, and attend weekly seminars to debrief and analyze their work experience. Each of the three recipients intends to pursue teaching as a career.

Exec-Comm helps business professionals improve their public speaking, writing, negotiating and client development skills. At its core, Exec-Comm believes that people are more effective as communicators if they focus less on themselves and more on others. In nominating Weingart, Loaiza and Derdiarian as recipients of the Exec-Comm Teaching Scholarships, QHST recognizes these students not only for their academic work, but also for their dedication to focusing on others during their high school years. “We believe that learning is a life-long process, and believe the students that QHST has nominated will be great stewards of that message. We are glad to support them in furthering their education,” says Joe Rigney, partner and manager of the Exec-Comm Foundation.

Contact Information:

Exec-Comm, LLC
Joe Rigney 

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