NEW YORK NY – (November 25, 2019) – Recognizing S.T.E.M. teachers who are making a difference in our classrooms and communities for the second consecutive year, NBC 4 New York and Telemundo 47 announced that nominations are now being accepted for their Weather Kids Star Teacher award program. Presented by Raymour & Flanigan, Tri-State parents, students, community leaders and fellow educators can visit or to review full contest rules and nominate their favorite educators through December 31.

“Our Star Teachers are the ultimate change agents, combining a passion for S.T.E.M. education with strong character and a record of results. They are role models and represent the very best in our communities. We look forward to recognizing these unsung heroes and celebrating their many achievements,” said Eric Lerner, President and General Manager of NBC 4 New York.

The Weather Kids Star Teacher awards program builds on NBC 4 New York and Telemundo 47’s popular Weather Kids/Niños del Tiempo classroom-based weather education program, which augments existing science and technology instruction to provide a “real world” look at weather forecasting for local elementary school students. To date, weather experts from both stations made over 40 visits to classrooms and museums in 12 Tri-State counties. More than 2,600 students have participated in the program during this time.

“Here at Telemundo 47, our La Autoridad en El Tiempo weather team takes great pride in sharing their knowledge with students, teachers and the many communities we serve. Their passion is a result of the many teachers who forged their life-long interest in the sciences. Awarding a new class of Star Teachers and publicly celebrating their achievements is a very important way to ‘pay it forward’ and continue thanking the educators who have gone the extra mile for their students,” said Cristina Schwarz, President and General Manager of Telemundo 47.

When submitting their on-line nomination, individuals will have the opportunity to list the many reasons why a specific science, technology, engineering or math teachers is deserving of the honor. Nominees are encouraged to be specific and share an original story that truly encapsulates who that teacher is deserving of this honor.

Four Tri-State teachers will be selected for the awards, with each receiving a special visit from Storm Team 4 and La Autoridad En El Tiempo representatives in March 2020. In addition to commemorative plaques for the winning teacher and their school, NBC 4 New York and Telemundo 47 will donate $1,000 to the school of each winning teacher, benefitting the learning needs of the winning teacher’s students.

Thanks to the generosity of “Weather Kids Star Teacher Awards” presenting sponsor Raymour & Flanigan, a surprise gift will also be made benefitting the classroom and school of the winning teacher.

“We are proud to celebrate the accomplishments of our Star Teachers and support S.T.E.M. education in our Tri-State communities. Our partnership with NBC 4 New York and Telemundo 47 for Weather Kids Star Teacher Awards and the Supporting our Schools school supply drive provides another important platform for Raymour & Flanigan to give back and show our appreciation for impactful leaders in the communities we serve,” said Elisabeth Dwyer, Director of Media and Special Events for Raymour & Flanigan.

Earlier this year, NBC 4 New York and Telemundo 47 honored three Tri-State educators with the Weather Kids Star Teacher award. They included:

  • Ann Cervone, STREAM Integrator at Christ the Teacher School in Fort Lee, NJ;
  • Greg Grambo, NASA employee turned Science and Technology Teacher at Louis Armstrong Middle School in East Elmhurst, NY;
  • Brent Smart, Science Team Leader at Brownsville Ascend Lower School in Brooklyn, NY

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About NBC 4 New York / WNBC
NBC 4 New York / WNBC is the flagship station of the NBC Owned Television Stations division of NBCUniversal, serving the New York Tri-State area with an unparalleled commitment to broadcast excellence for more than 75 years. The station features New York’s largest investigative reporting team, the I-Team and includes Edward R. Murrow and Emmy Award-winning journalists who successfully track down the answers to the questions most important to viewers. Storm Team 4, the station’s trusted weather team, utilizes the most accurate and the most powerful weather technology available to keep Tri-State viewers informed and safe when severe weather strikes. This includes StormTracker 4, the only commercial high-frequency S-Band dual polarization fixed Doppler weather radar operating in the Northeast.

In addition to NBC 4 New York’s primary channel, other programming outlets include COZI TV, the station’s multicast channel, and out-of-home platforms, including TV screens in taxi cabs, elevators and aboard New York-New Jersey PATH trains. The station also delivers news and information across all platforms, including its dedicated website, mobile app and social media platforms.

About Telemundo 47 New York / WNJU
Telemundo 47 / WNJU is the Telemundo television station serving Spanish-speaking viewers in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut for more than 50 years. The Tri-State’s Spanish-language broadcasting channel for soccer, Telemundo 47 will offer exclusive Spanish-language coverage of the 2022 and 2026 FIFA Men’s World Cup™ tournaments and the 2025 FIFA Women’s World Cup™ tournament. Delivering more than 27 hours of locally-produced news, information and entertainment programing each week, Telemundo 47 offers comprehensive breaking news coverage and features the New York market’s only team of bilingual meteorologists, La Autoridad en El Tiempo, who use cutting-edge technology to keep viewers and their families safe and informed. This includes Tele Doppler 47, con tecnología S band, the most powerful and most accurate weather technology available.

Telemundo 47’s local consumer investigative unit, Telemundo Responde, returns every telephone call, responds to every electronic inquiry and has recovered more than $2 million for local viewers. The station also features Acceso Total, the region’s only local entertainment variety program with TeleXitos, the station’s multicast network, offering viewers many beloved, iconic television series in an easy-to-watch, comfortable Spanish-language format. As a station, Telemundo 47 demonstrates its commitment to the communities it serves by cultivating local partnerships with organizations that reflect the diversity of the local market. Telemundo 47 also provides news and information across all platforms, online at, and via its dedicated mobile app and across social media.

About Raymour & Flanigan

Established in Upstate N.Y. in 1947, the family-owned furniture and mattress retailer has over 120 locations throughout the Northeast. Raymour & Flanigan has built its identity not only by offering quality furnishings and fast delivery, but by embracing its social responsibility through community giving and extensive in-house recycling. For more information, visit or become a fan on Facebook.



NBC 4 New York/WNBC
Alexandra Trochanowski

Telemundo 47/WNJU
Aida E. Rosario

Raymour & Flanigan
Elisabeth Dwyer