Several teachers and staff have recently been honored with awards in the Syracuse City School District, SCSD officials stated.
According to officials, adult and continuing education teacher Katia Dickson has been named one of 11 New York Association for Continuing/Community Education (NYACCE) “Outstanding Teachers of 2015.”
Dickson has been an SCSD teacher for 13 years, and began working as an office technology instructor; then, later transitioned into adult literacy, where she is currently an adult basic education and high school equivalency teacher.
Kathryn Lent, adult and continuing education coordinator, nominated Dickson for the award.
“Katia encourages her students to not let the circumstances of life define or limit them,” Lent stated. “They are also encouraged to not let their circumstances be an excuse, but to let them be motivation to do, and be, their best.”
Dickson received the award at NYACCE’s 64th Annual Conference in Albany.
In addition, three staff members at Dr. King and Porter Elementary Schools have also received recognition for their commitment to SCSD schools, officials said.
Dr. King Elementary social worker Toni Singleton, and Porter Elementary Social Worker Joy Yoffa, have both received a McMahon/Ryan Children’s Guardian Award. The McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center has given the award to three people, annually, who have been examples of individuals who go above and beyond to help children. The organization held a reception at the United Way of CNY, and presented Singleton and Yoffa with the awards.
Additionally, Dr. King Elementary second grade teacher Julia Yeatts has won an Audubon Society workshop scholarship. The Maine, “Sharing Nature: An Educators’ Week” workshop will help educators learn how to generate exciting ideas for incorporating environmental education into their classrooms, officials stated.
Through the workshop, Yeatts said she hopes to learn how to help engage her students with nature.
“I always try to make connections with the second grade curriculum,” she stated. “We talk about birds, life cycles and adaptation. I try to bring in abandoned nests and things, so the children can understand what things are like in nature. I thought that if I could increase my knowledge base, I could help my students have further access to these things.”
Additionally, SCSD Refugee Assistance Program job developer Jasenko Mondom; SCSD Innovation Zone schools executive director Zheadric Barbra; and Syracuse University on-campus teacher Dr. Yusuf Soule have received YWCA Diversity Achievers Awards.
The awards have recognized individuals who are helping to eliminate racism and promote diversity, according to officials.