The Annual Alumni Awards Reception capped off a day of festivities before Homecoming & Reunion class parties. Former Spanish teacher Señor Luis Gomez was honored with the Distinguished Faculty Award.
While Dr. Norm Schaffler could not make it to introduce Luis as the recipient, his stand-in and fellow former NA Faculty Joe Ball used Norm’s own words from the speech Norm planned to deliver to describe Luis, saying he, “was, as you might expect, an immediate hit with the students. From the get-go, his lessons were a combination of language and culture. In the beginning, Luis’ classroom had an adjacent kitchen, so part of the culture was Luis’ cooking Puerto Rican dishes with his students, making Newark Academy probably the only school in New Jersey where Middle Schoolers gained the ‘freshman fifteen’ usually reserved for university students. His students were always engaged, his classes always lively.”