Three teachers from the Buffalo Public Schools (BPS) Adult Education Division were named 2016 Outstanding Adult Educators by the New York Association for Continuing/Community Education (NYACCE) in a statewide competition. Jerica DeGlopper, Mary Suchy, and Farhana Hasan were honored at the organization’s 65th Annual NYACCE Conference held in Albany this spring.
Each year, adult education programs from across New York State nominate teachers representing multiple fields of adult instruction including community education, family literacy, workforce development, alternative education, and distance learning.
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Jerica DeGlopper, a Coordinator at the BPS Adult Education Division’s Career Collegiate Institute, was recognized for her persistence and strong commitment to broadening students’ academic experiences and introducing them to many resources available locally including social services, workforce training, employment and post-secondary education.
Mary Suchy, a vocational instructor for over 17 years, was recognized for successfully preparing and positioning students for employment in the fast-growing and ever-changing field of medical office technology.
Farhana Hasan, an English as a Second Language literacy instructor was recognized for her extraordinary ability and tireless enthusiasm providing English instruction to adult immigrants and refugees enrolled at the Adult Education Division’s Herkimer Street site.
Maria Binner, an instructor in the Adult Education Division’s high school equivalency diploma exam preparation program was also nominated in the literacy category and received honorable mention from NYACCE.
This year, NYACCE selected its Outstanding Adult Educators based on their ability to present content in interesting, understandable ways that are relevant to students’ lives; to create a positive classroom community; and to develop and celebrate student goals. Nominees also had to demonstrate an awareness of the whole student and a strategy for addressing challenges students face outside the classroom. Progress and improvement as an adult educator was also assessed as part of the selection process.
“These are exceptional educators,” according to Les Leopold, Director of the Adult Education Division for Buffalo Public Schools. “We are all proud of their accomplishments. They represent an approach to teaching that is very customer-driven and which drives instruction in all of our classrooms.”
The Adult Education Division serves over 6,000 students a year and its programs are available to all Western New York residents. The Division employs over 200 as instructors, advisors, administrators and support staff and offers high school equivalency diploma exam preparation classes, English as a Second Language classes, Community Education courses, and Vocational Training programs. More information is available at www.UpSkill.org or (716) 888-7088 ext. 100.