Golden Tiger


The Golden Tiger Award is a recognition program with invited representation from Avenues leadership, faculty, staff, parents, and students. The award celebrates acts of courage at Avenues, usually in the areas of innovation and change, that advance the interests of Avenues and its stakeholders. The program is managed by the Avenues Tiger Works Research and Development group.


To qualify for this award, eligible candidates will have made contributions toward promoting student interests and achievement, school operations, parent engagement, or introduce new processes or techniques that make Avenues a better school. This award is generally not intended for HQ management. Only one Golden Tiger Award for an individual is permitted. Potential candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Currently an Avenues employee, parent, or student.
  • Served on a Tiger Team or collaborated with the Tiger Works in conducting research and development or enacting change programs.
  • Significantly contributed beyond their normal role and responsibilities.
  • Demonstrated courage, in the face of adversity, advancing the interests of Avenues and its stakeholders.

Award Recipients

For the courage to take big chances, explore the unknown, and challenge the status quo to make us all better, we thank these Golden Tiger Award recipients:


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Abby Brody
for leading innovation by example, from data-driven practice to tiger teams.

Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man

Mark Gutkowski
for pioneering the Mastery Learning System.

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Pedro Jofre Lora
for leading the Avenues Mastery Academy pilot in Shenzhen.


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Joseph D’Annibale, Ingrid Lamia, Jamie Lilly, Yingwen Chen, and Jacob Goren
(Parent Conference Tiger Team)
for offering a compelling student-led vision for parent conferences.

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Sophie Fisher
for blazing trails with Avenues Online.

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Sharan Gill
for research and development in HIP Writing.

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Mike Maccarone
for leading innovation by example, from IPBL to the global academic deanship.

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Todd Shy
for leading innovation by example, from program development to school visioning.


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Angela Xu
for challenging sacrosanct conventions of Chinese immersion teaching.

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Emma Creeden, Erin Finn-Welch, Todd Holcomb, Tiffany Reedy, Tim Steffen
(World Course Tiger Team)
for advancing a compelling new vision of World Course.

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Steven Carpenter
for leading innovation by example, from confabricators to tiny houses.


Do you know someone who deserves the Golden Tiger Award and meets the qualifying criteria? Let us know by filling out and submitting the form below. Your nomination will be kept confidential, but we may follow up with you to get additional information.

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