The District's teacher of the year and dozens of other educators who have received awards this school year were lauded at an end-of-the-year recognition ceremony this month at Dunbar High School.

In an unusual display of cooperation, the event was hosted jointly by Superintendent Arlene Ackerman, the elected D.C. Board of Education and the appointed school board of trustees.

"When we have teachers committed to the students and to excellence, we can be assured that we are providing our children with the best possible environment for learning," Ackerman said.

Those honored at the ceremony had received awards or grants from various local and national organizations during the school year. The school system also recognized nominees for top teaching awards.

The teachers and administrators honored included:

Teacher of the Year Charles B. Mercer, Burrville Elementary School; Washington Post Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Elizabeth Virginia Primas, Bowen Elementary School; Eliot Junior High School Principal Glennis Powell-Gill, recipient of the Washington Post Distinguished Leadership Award; outstanding assistant principal of the year Andre Roache, Eliot Junior High School.

Janice MacKinnon, Peabody Elementary School, who received a Christa McAuliffe Fellowship; Carlton Funn Jr., of Hine Junior High School, and Alesia B. Slocumb-Bradford, of Jefferson Junior High School, who received awards for excellence in teaching from the National Council of Negro Women.

James Michael Giordano, Powell Elementary School; Robert Willis, Ballou High School; and Alesia B. Slocumb-Bradford, Jefferson Junior High School, who were finalists in the state-level Presidential Science and Mathematics Competition; and Thomas W. Black, Backus Middle School; Emma Johnson, Spingarn High School; and Lela G. Robinson, Bowen Elementary School, who had received awards from the Metropolitan Organization of Black Scientists.