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Harborside Academy's Mary Bohning Awarded Singer Family Prize for Excellence in Secondary School Teaching

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    Alexis Margolin

Each year, seniors at the University of Rochester are invited to nominate a high school teacher who played a significant role in his or her academic growth and achievement and we're happy to congratulate Mary Bohning, AP Environmental Science and Ecology teacher at Kenosha, WI's Harborside Academy on being among the four award recipients.

“The Paul Singer Family Foundation feels strongly that while devoted secondary school teachers play a vital role in the intellectual development of American society, they often receive little recognition or acclaim for their endeavors,” said Gordon Singer, son of Paul Singer ’66, who endowed the prize.

Mary Bohning, AP Environmental Science and Ecology, Harborside Academy, Kenosha, Wisconsin Mary Bohning was nominated by graduating senior Pablo Arroyo for her dedication to the environment and helping to instill healthy eating habits in children at a young age.

Arroyo, who is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in environmental science, says that through the gardening initiative Bohning began in 2010 at Harborside Academy, she taught him to understand the importance of not only the scientific aspects of gardening, but also how gardening is a complete action that requires “nurturing the fruits of our labors, both physically and mentally.”

In his nomination letter, Arroyo says,

“Here at the University of Rochester our mantra is Learn, Discover, Heal, Create—and make the world Ever Better. Mrs. Bohning has met each and every one of these five parts of the mantra through her work in not only helping to create school gardens, but also by instilling a sense of community and passion in those she has taught.”

“I can honestly say that she has made the world ever better one student at a time,” Arroyo concluded.

In addition to the honor of being named among the Singer Family Prize recipients, Ms. Bohning will receive $3,000 for herself and an additional $2,500 for Harborside.

Learn more about the Singer Family Prize for Excellence in Secondary School Education here.


Students working in Harborside Community Garden which is maintained by Ms. Bohning and her students.