TIP Fellows Honored by Lindback February 20, 2024 – Posted in: Uncategorized

Every year, TIP fellows set themselves apart with outstanding service to the teaching profession. This past year, two TIP fellows, Anna Herman and Andrea Barnes, received the prestigious Lindback Distiguished Teaching Award. Additionally, TIP fellow Tyriese Holloway was a Lindback Award Nominee. TIP prides itself on helping teachers like these stay in their roles as teachers in the School District of Philadelphia.

Since 2011, the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation of Philadelphia has awarded 60 distinguished teachers and seven principals from the School District of Philadelphia public schools for their leadership and humanitarian contributions in their school communities. The award honors teachers who go above and beyond in their efforts to improve the intellectual and character development of their students.

Lindback Award recipient Anna Herman is a CTE Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources teacher at The U School and is also the TIP teacher representative to that school. Herman has enrolled in six TIP seminars, and her most recent curriculum unit was The Power of Sustainability: Growing Climate Problem Solvers, which she wrote as part of the Planning for a Sustainable, Environmentally Just, and Climate-Ready Philadelphia seminar led by Temple University’s Associate Professor Christina Rosan. Herman is currently enrolled in Penn GSE Professor Gerald Campano’s seminar Children’s Literature and the Immigrant Experience.

Andrea Barnes teaches World History at Vaux High School Big Picture. Barnes is a newcomer to TIP and is currently a fellow in her first seminar The Soviet Century: Russia, Socialism, and the Modern World led by Penn’s Associate Professor of History Benjamin Nathans.

Tyriese Holloway is an English teacher at Overbrook High School and is the teacher representative to that school. Tyriese has taken three TIP seminars in the past and was recently enrolled in the spring 2023 seminar W.E.B. Du Bois and Philadelphia’s Seventh Ward led by Penn Associate Professor of Social policy and Practice where he created a curriculum unit called Unraveling the Block: Dubois, The Seventh Ward and Our Responsibility. Holloway is also currently enrolled in Professor Benjamin Nathans’ spring 2024 seminar.

Retaining top teachers has become more difficult in recent years, particularly at under-resourced school districts like Philadelphia’s. TIP helps teachers like Herman, Barnes and Holloway meet the challenge of working city schools by giving them the chance to grow professionally and by recognizing their intellectual abilities.