Great Teaching

Established in 1996 in honor of Al Davis, the school's long-time coach and physical education teacher, the Al Davis Teaching Award honors a teacher or administrator who exemplifies the virtues taught by Al: persistence, sacrifice for the greater good, and team spirit.

The Class of 1964 Al Davis Award

To that teacher who teaches what Al Davis taught us;

That we are all capable of great things,
but only with our fullest effort.

That full effort itself is a joyous act,
and transforms even failure into a kind of success.

That community is a precious thing.

That we are all individuals,
and that the highest act of an individual is to contribute to a team.

That teaching at its highest level transcends the walls of a classroom
and the demands of a curriculum, and is finally an act of
mutual respect, commitment and love.

Manisha Doran (2005-Present)
Middle and Upper School Physical Education

Karen Cummings (1969–Present)
Fourth Grade

Beth Sholtes (1984–Present)
Middle School Health

Demetra Caldwell '97 (2004–Present)
Third Grade

Jenny Eskin (1992–Present)
Middle and Upper School History and Integrated Liberal Studies

Natasha Schmemann (2004–Present)
First Grade

Scott Ettinger (1995–Present)
Middle and Upper School Foreign Language

Ellen Greengrass (2002–Present)

Joel Doerfler (1991–Present)
Upper School History

David Nicholson (1965–2010)
Upper School English
Debbie Wing (1978–Present)
Fourth Grade Teacher

Joan Bailey (1983–2011)
Middle and Upper School Math

Lorraine Mahoney (1973–Present)

Carol Pouliot (1986–Present)
Physical Education and Athletics

Michelle Roussan (1989–2013)
World Language

Alan Pike (1995–Present)
Middle and Upper School Science

Rebecca Milstein (Cohen) (1994–Present)
Grade 2

Ronald Murison (1989–Present)
Interdisciplinary Studies Chair, Upper School English

Marie Verde (1995–Present)
Lower School Music

William Pahlka (1978–2014)
Middle and Upper School English

Maggie Blane (1974–2003)
Grade 1

Elena Rothstein (1981–2014)
Middle and Upper School Spanish

Rebecca Greller (1993–Present)

Michael Michelson (1974–2015)

Mind, Character, Community: The Al Davis Story

Tribute to Al Davis

Al Davis came to Riverdale in 1953, and stayed at the school for his entire career as a coach, physical education teacher, and archivist. In 2014, a feature in The New York Daily News described how Al and his twin brother, Charles, then 89, fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Al earned a Bronze Star for his heroism. This film tells the story of Al's life and how he impacted generations of Riverdale students.

Riverdale Country School

Mind • Character • Community



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Bronx, NY 10471
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Bronx, NY 10471
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