November 15, 2021

BROOKLYN and PATCHOGUE, N.Y. – November 15, 2021 – St. Joseph’s College (SJC) is pleased to announce the Esse Non Videri Gala Awards Dinner on Friday, November 19 at 6 p.m. at the Garden City Hotel in Garden City, New York. Sponsored by Kimelman and Baird LLC and nearly two dozen other leading organizations and individuals, the event will honor 10 outstanding educators with all proceeds benefiting SJC student scholarships for future educators.

The honorees are:

  • Educator of the Year: Julianna Bove ’82, DOE superintendent of District 22 in Brooklyn, who was selected for her leadership, dedication and excellence to her students and the needs of English-language learners.
  • Excellence in Teaching (Primary and Early Education): Leah Hebert Olivo ’06, fourth grade special education teacher at Moriches Elementary School
  • Excellence in Education (Secondary Education): Christina Quintana ’14, ’16, ninth grade U.S. history teacher at the Scholars’ Academy
  • Distinguished Administrator: Kim Redgrave ’91, principal at Stephen Knolls School
  • Rising Star: Dr. Latoya O’Gere ’11, ’18, DNP, MSN/Ed, RN, associate executive director of New York City Health and Hospitals/Community Care
  • Rising Star: Andria Onorato ’16, ’19, third grade special education teacher at Sycamore Avenue Elementary School
  • Rising Star: Jade Lawrence ’20, kindergarten teacher at Paul J. Bellew Elementary School
  • COVID-19 Pandemic Educator: Joanna Bis ’16, ’18, fourth grade teacher at P.S. 253 in Brooklyn
  • COVID-19 Pandemic Educator: Jennifer Silberberg ’19, ’21, K/1 special education teacher at P.S. 102 in Brooklyn
  • Legacy in Education Award (Posthumous): Joseph Lewinger ’00 of The Mary Louis Academy in Queens

Each category recognizes outstanding teachers and educators who are striving to attain success for all students while leading and inspiring students through effective leadership, innovation in the classroom, collaborative efforts and a creative approach that makes learning exciting. Honorees were nominated for the awards and selected by a committee of SJC staff, faculty and alumni.

“We are thrilled to be honoring so many remarkable St. Joseph’s alumni at this Gala for their contributions to their communities during these most challenging of times,” said Rory Shaffer-Walsh, vice president for institutional advancement. “St. Joseph’s College’s mission calls it to transform the world for the better. Its rich history of preparing future educators for lives of service and excellence is emblematic of this. The shining examples set by these honorees, across a wide range of disciplines and settings, illustrates how our students embody our mission in service to others.”

All attendees will be required to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination upon entry. For more information or questions regarding the Esse Non Videri Gala Awards Dinner please contact [email protected], call 631.687.2655 or visit

St. Joseph’s College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the College provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility and service. Through SJC Brooklyn, SJC Long Island and SJC Online, the College offers degrees in 50 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs.