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Local Teacher Receives the Yale Educator Award

Orlando Science Schools (OSS) teacher Abdulkerim Akyalcin has been awarded the 2022 Yale Educator Award. The annual award recognizes educators from around the world who inspire and support their students to perform at high levels and to achieve excellence.

To be eligible, an enrolling Yale student must nominate a teacher who has greatly impacted their life. Mr. Akyalcin was nominated for the award by OSS alumni Sheel Trivedi. Out of 339 nominees, only 48 teachers and 29 counselors were selected to receive the award.




“We are proud of the impact Mr. Akyalcin leaves on his students every year,” said Dr. Yalcin Akin, executive director. “At Orlando Science Schools, we strive to inspire students to reach their full potential and leave a lasting impact as they prepare for college. So, having an alum nominate one of our teachers for the Yale Educator Award is a great honor.”

A resident of Maitland, Mr. Akyalcin has been teaching at Orlando Science Schools for 10 years. In 2016, he was nationally recognized by the Mathematical Association of America with the Edyth May Sliffe Award for preparing and mentoring students in competition math.

Orlando Science Schools, a public charter school, is approved by the Orange County School Board as an elementary, middle and high school. The mission of OSS is to provide students a well-rounded education with special emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) and Reading in the light of research-based, proven and innovative instructional methods in a stimulating environment. Orlando Science Schools serves grades K–12.

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