April 22, 2005
Fay Tracy, teacher at Newcomb Academy, has been awarded the MetLife Foundation Ambassador in Education Award.
The award honors middle school, junior high, and high school educators who are making an impact beyond their schools for the betterment of the entire community. It is a project of National Civic League sponsored by MetLife Foundation.
Tracy received a $5,000 grant that the K-8 school will use for further community-building activities.
In addition to coaching volleyball and track at Newcomb, Tracy has become a one-person community service resource at the school. She advises the scholastic honor society on campus, California Junior Scholarship Federation (CJSF).
Many CJSF students take part in the tutoring program she organized, Scholarship Kids Are Tutoring Elementary Students (SKATES). Tracy also organized the SOS program, where students volunteer to help teachers and other school staff members.
The MetLife Foundation started the award because secondary school educators face considerable challenges in achieving a sense of community within their schools and extending that relationship to those who live and work in the surrounding area.
The award was established in 1976 to strengthen communities and education.