ONEONTA, N.Y. -- Madeline Berry of the SUNY Oneonta Elementary Education Department has been named the 2010 recipient of the Charles C. Mackey Excellence in Service Leadership Award by the New York Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (NYACTE). This annual award honors a New York State educator who exemplifies the highest standards of service and
leadership in teacher education. A member of the college's Division of Education faculty since 1968, Berry was chosen for her longstanding support of migrant workers across the country.
At an award ceremony held by NYACTE in Saratoga, New York, on October 21, Harvest of Hope Foundation President Phil Kellerman spoke appreciatively of a project Berry undertook earlier this year. She and her students raised $2,000 to purchase a prosthetic device for one migrant worker, pay for another's car repairs, and meet others' urgent needs.
“Clearly, Mrs. Berry’s teaching, scholarship and collaborations are all marked by an active involvement and commitment to excellence in teacher education," said Dr. Connie Feldt-Golden, chair of SUNY Oneonta's Elementary Education and Reading faculty, who nominated Berry for the award. "As a teacher educator, she not only models commitment to advocacy, but engages teacher candidates in service learning as part of their development. Mrs. Berry deserves to be recognized for her lifetime of service to the teaching profession.”
Created in 2002, the Charles C. Mackey Excellence in Service Leadership Award is named in honor of Dr. Charles C. Mackey, Jr. A former science teacher and Rhode Island Department of Education administrator, Mackey has been the head of teacher education initiatives at the New York State Department of Education Division of Teacher Education and Certification since 1966.