ONEONTA, N.Y. -- The Secondary Education Department of SUNY Oneonta will present Awards for Exemplary Service to six area educators at the annual Celebration of Teaching Reception at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, in the Craven Lounge of the College’s Morris Conference Center. Part of National Teacher Appreciation Week, the reception also will recognize all area teachers who have contributed their time and expertise to the College’s Secondary Education program.
The following have been named recipients of the 2011 Exemplary Service Award:
Dave Burnsworth, who will receive the award in social studies education, is an Oneonta resident and graduate of SUNY Fredonia who has taught middle school social studies at Unadilla Valley Middle School for 15 years. He has a graduate degree from the University of New England.
Naomi Graham, who will receive the award in foreign language education, has taught French at Laurens Central School for the past 12 years. She is a resident of Pittsfield, and she holds degrees from UCLA and SUNY Albany.
Diane Pindar Butler, who will receive the award in family and consumer sciences education, has taught for the past 24 years at Golding Middle School in the Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District. A resident of Cobleskill, she holds degrees from SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Oneonta, and the College of Saint Rose.
Julene J. Waffle, who will receive the award in English education, teaches high school English in Morris, where she has taught for the past 13 years of her 15-year teaching career. A resident of Laurens, she holds degrees from Hartwick College and Binghamton University.
Kristy L. Cable, former director of the Career Development Center at SUNY Oneonta, will receive an honorary award for her work supporting all education programs at the college. A resident of Oneonta, she has been in the field of education for 17 years, working in higher education until thisyear when she moved to Gilbertsville-Mount Upton Central School as a guidance counselor. She holds degrees from Hartwick College and SUNY Oneonta.
Christopher Kuhn, academy director of the Oneonta Job Corps Academy Academic Services program, will accept a special award for his program’s continuing support of all education programs at SUNY Oneonta. The teachers at the Oneonta Job Corps have worked closely with the SUNY OneontaDiversity and Teaching course for over a decade, providing more than 10,000hours of varying field experiences for future educators.
To be eligible for the Awards for Exemplary Service, ateacher 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.