Judy Apt Nathenson Award
JUDY APT NATHENSON EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION ENDOWMENT FUND
The Judy Apt Nathenson Endowment Fund was established to benefit, enhance, and promote excellence and innovation in early childhood education at Winchester Thurston School. The Fund began with a generous bequest from Judy Apt Nathenson, WT alumna, parent, and teacher, who sadly passed away in 2000.
The Fund has grown and continues to grow each year with contributions from her family, friends, students, and members of the Winchester Thurston community. Her many admirers continue to honor and remember Judy by echoing her professional devotion to Winchester Thurston and to early childhood education at the school.
Judy Apt Nathenson was a 1969 graduate of Winchester Thurston School. She served as kindergarten teacher at the School from 1975-79 and from 1993-2000. In 1998, Judy was honored with the Mary Houston Griffin Teaching Excellence Award and in 2000 was named as the Winchester Thurston Alumna of the Year. Judy and husband Richard Nathenson had four sons, all alumni of Winchester Thurston -- David '97, Robert '01, Michael '01, and Steven '01.
Judy Apt Nathenson was a talented, creative, and caring teacher who devoted her professional career to improving WT's early childhood education program, introducing new teaching methodologies, and enhancing the early childhood curriculum. Judy introduced Winchester Thurston's faculty to the Reggio EmiliaProgram through the grant she received as the recipient of the Mary Houston Griffin Teaching Excellence Award, which had a dramatic impact on the program at WT. Judy vigorously championed the importance of early childhood education at Winchester Thurston School and throughout the Pittsburgh community.
In April of 2001, The Board of Trustees of Winchester Thurston School passed a resolution to establish the Judy Apt Nathenson Memorial Chair for Excellence in Early Childhood Education.
Each year, a Lower School teacher who demonstrates imaginative and innovative teaching is named as the Judy Apt Nathenson Memorial Chair for Excellence in Early Childhood Education. Utilizing the proceeds from the Fund, The Chair has the privilege and responsibility for shaping professional development for a special activity or group of teachers in the coming year.
Winchester Thurston continues to accept gifts to the fund and invites you to donate in honor of Judy's life and work. For more information about this, or other awards, please contact Monica Gay at 412-578-3746 or firstname.lastname@example.org.