SUNY Oneonta Honors Eight Area Educators
The SUNY Oneonta Secondary Education Department presented Awards for Exemplary Service to eight area educators during the 20th annual Celebration of Teaching Reception on Thursday, April 25, in the Craven Lounge of the college’s Morris Conference Center. Part of National Teacher Appreciation Week, the reception also recognized all area teachers who have contributed their time and expertise to the college’s Secondary Education program.
Recipients of the 2013 Awards for Exemplary Service are:
Debra L. Anderson (social studies education) has taught the full range of social studies courses at Schenevus Central School for the last 25 years of her 29-year career. She is a resident of Roseboom with degrees from SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Brockport, SUNY Oneonta and the College at Saint Rose.
John Collins (science education) has taught physics and physical general science at Unatego Senior High for the last six years. He is a resident of Unadilla, and his degrees are from SUNY Oneonta.
Abby Costello (science education) teaches ninth-grade Living Environment and 12th grade AP Biology at Unatego High School, where she has been employed for six years. She is a resident of Oneonta, and her degrees are from SUNY Oneonta.
Kerrie A. Johnstone is director of Instructional Support Services K-12 at the Delaware-Chenango-Madison-Otsego BOCES. She is a resident of Earlville with 11 years in the educational field. Her degrees are from Hartwick College, Syracuse University and SUNY Cortland.
Melissa J. Leonard (social studies education) has taught the full range of social studies courses at Schenevus Middle School for the last 10 years. She is a resident of Maryland, and her degrees are from SUNY Oneonta.
Timothy R. McKane (English education), a resident of Oneonta, has taught eighth-grade English at Oneonta Middle School for the last 26 years. His degrees are from Broome Community College and SUNY Oneonta (both undergraduate and graduate).
Shana L. Ritton (mathematics education) teaches middle school mathematics at Schenevus Central School. A resident of Westford, she has been with the district for 11 years. Her undergraduate and graduate degrees are from SUNY Oneonta.
Terri Sherman (family and consumer sciences education) has taught for the last seven years at the Delaware Academy Central School District at Delhi. Her career has spanned 21 years. A resident of Walton, she earned an undergraduate degree at SUNY Oneonta and a master’s at SUNY Cortland (graduate).
To be eligible for the Awards for Exemplary Service, a teacher must have a minimum of five years of experience working with the college as a cooperating teacher or college supervisor. The teachers, who serve as role models for SUNY Oneonta students, must demonstrate high standards of knowledge in content and pedagogy, service to the school and community, and a love of learning.
More information about the Awards for Exemplary Service is available from Dr. Dennis Banks, chair of the SUNY Oneonta Secondary Education Department, at (607) 436-3391.