ICS Host’s 2019 Night of Champions Gala Honoring Dr. Byalin

Dr. Byalin and Diane DiSalvo celebrating at the ICS Night of Champions Gala

On June 13th, 2019 Integration Charter Schools hosted its Night of Champion Gala at the Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island, NY. The momentous night celebrated our Outstanding Educators, Five-year service award recipients, Ten-year service award recipients, as well as our very own Champion of Education, Dr. Ken Byalin.

This year’s gala was one for the books! This year, ICS celebrated 10 years in operations as well as took a chance to honor the man that started it all, Dr. Ken Byalin. The night kicked off with Lavelle Prep Elementary Chorus led by music teacher, Jessica Bruschi, moving the audience to tears with their rendition of the songs Peace Like a River, Superhuman and Colonel Bogey’s Grand Old Flag.

The night praised the lasting achievements of Dr.Byalin as well as took time to celebrate his more human traits. The gala celebrations cumulated to a “Roast & Toast” of the founder and President by none other than our esteemed board member, Tom Scarangello.

Following dinner, guests watched Because of Byalin, a short movie produced by Ed and Orly Wiseman, looking at the influential life Dr. Byalin and all those who have been inspired because of him.

Every year, the ICS Night of Champions Gala honors the best and brightest of our family of schools.

This year our Outstanding Teachers, Teacher Assistants, and Support Staff were an exceptional group of resilient and exemplary leaders.

From Lavelle Prep Elementary we honor Alessandra DeMeo as Outstanding Teacher of the Month and Paola Silva as Outstanding Teacher Assistant of the Year.

From Lavelle Prep upper, we honor Souad Outarid as Outstanding Teacher of the Month and Margarita Cortes as Outstanding Teacher Assistant of the Year.

From New Ventures, we honor Florence Strzebala as Outstanding Teacher of the Month and Michelle Lagana as Outstanding Teacher Assistant of the Year.

From Nicotra Early College, we honor Elizabeth Roman as Outstanding Teacher of the Month and Samantha Perrone as Outstanding Teacher Assistant of the Year.

Integration Charter Schools would also like to recognize Joe Avitto as Support Staff member of the Month.

Lavelle Prep Elementary Chorus performing for guests as ICS Night of Champions Gala

Our Five Year Service Award Recipients

Joseph Avitto
Amy Tucillo
Teresa Conigliaro
Chris-Ann Corsini
Diane DiSalvo
Andrew Espinal
Daniel Gonzalez
Alison LoSavio
Marlena Moore
Kristie Stapleton
Lorenza Troncoso-Mandile
Amanda Tucker-Accornero
Katrina Winslow

Our Ten Year Service Award Recipients

Dr. Kenneth Byalin
Evelyn Finn
Jonathan Kuhn
Dhurata Rexha
Christopher Zilinski
Mary Cottingham