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Elementary and Early Childhood Education

EECE Honors and Awards Ceremony 2011


Celina M. Gamba
Receipent of the A. Joan Klein Award
Presented to her by Dr. Harriet Li

Area of Study: Elementary and Early Childhood Education with a minor in dance

Reason for choosing this area:

"My grandmother has been an assistant teacher for many years of her life. When I was younger she used to take me to her school and I would watch her teach the students so many things: names of colors, shapes, how to count and how to read. The children loved her so much and I wanted to be just like her. I have always admired her kindness and patience with children. I knew when I grew up I wanted to be exactly like her, a teacher that every student would remember."

Best lesson learned (about self):

"I have learned that I have more patience with children than I do with adults. Children are creative and fun loving human beings who just want someone to listen to what they have to say. I now know I can listen to a child talk for hours and not get bored or annoyed, I’m fascinated by what children have to say."

Mentor in the program:

"My mentor in the program is my student teaching supervisor Professor Patricia Goeller. She has been a tremendous help to me and always gives great advice."

Fondest memory of QC:

"My best memory of Queens College was student teaching in Corona, Queens at P.S. 19Q. It was the best experience of my life."Future plans:

Future plans:

After graduation, Ms. Gamba plans to become a substitute while going to school to her masters in Special Education in elementary education for grades 1-6. In 5 years, she sees herself being a special education teacher as well as getting her post-masters in English as a Second Language (ESL). She also plans to get another masters in secondary education in english. In 10 years, she hopes to be a literacy coach, a guidance counselor and/or an assistant principal.



Lisa Y. Lee
Receipent of the Arthur Schoen Teacher Education Award
Presented to her by Dr. Joseph Saccente

Area of Study: Elementary Education and Psychology

Reason for choosing this area:

"My fifth grader teacher was an influential figure in my life because she not only wanted the best for her students but also encouraged our growth. She encouraged us to participate in both group discussions and class activities. I want to ensure that my classroom will similarly be a comfortable and open environment in which students actively share and value the insights of their peers."

Best lesson learned (about self):

"I learned grades do not define my sense of worth but my determination and diligence attest to my passion for teaching. In doing so, I strived to do more than what is simply required and realized learning is not something that ever ends due to the arbitrariness of a classroom clock. It is constant and evolving."

Mentor in the program:

"I have been enlightened by extraordinary professors and supervisors throughout the program. They have not only presented me with great knowledge but instilled confidence and believed in my dreams of becoming a future educator."

Fondest memory of QC:

"My best memory would be the relationships and friendships I made during my undergraduate studies at Queens College. I have had the honor and privilege to work with peers aspiring to be successful teachers. We had the opportunity to share our accomplishments, goals and memories together and those moments are priceless."

Future plans:

Ms. Lee will be attending Queens College's TESOL program in the fall. Within the next 5 or 10 years she hopes to have her own classroom in a New York City public school and continue her education (she believes that teachers never stop learning). She plans to earn a doctorate in education and improve classroom situations for future students and teachers.



Amanda A. Wrenn
Receipent of the Arthur Schoen Teacher Education Award
Presented by her mentor, Dr. Harriet Li


Area of Study:

History and Early Elementary Childhood Education with a minor in America Studies

Reason for choosing this area:

"Teaching has always been a passion that I had. However, my younger being diagnosed with A.D.D. and A.D.H.D brought my passion and drive out more due to my always helping him with his constants struggle with school. Through helping my brother I am able to witness the joys and rewards of being a teacher."

Best lesson learned (about self):

"I learned that I can succeed at whatever I set my mind to do. I work very hard in everything that I do and I love the feeling I receive when I see the results of my hard work."

Mentor in the program:

"My mentor in the Early Elementary Childhood Education program is Professor Harriet Li she has always been there to give me advice and preparation for the field of education and life itself."

Fondest memory of QC:

"My best memory of QC is the friendships I have made particularly through the Early Elementary Childhood Education program. In this program I became friends with people who I know will be in my life for years to come. The experiences we each share with one another, link us together in more ways than one."

Future plans:

Ms. Wrenn plans to return to Queens College to receive her MSED in Special Education (grades 1-6). In 5 years she hopes to be a seasoned teacher in a New York City Public School with her Master Degree in conjunction with making a positive impact in lives of children.



Jessica Ning
Receipent of the Arthur Schoen Teacher Education Award
Presented to her by Dr. Franklin Turner

Area of Study:
Elementary Education/Psychology

Reason for choosing this area:

"I have always wanted to be a teacher. It gives me a sense of accomplishment when I see the children grow and change overtime. It also allows me to make a difference in someone else’s life."

Best lesson learned (about self):

"I learned that although there are many obstacles that may arise, it’s important to stick to your dreams and achieve your goals."

Mentor in the program:

"I would say that many of the professors and the supervisors I had for EECE classes really helped me grow and learn."

Fondest memory of QC:

"My best memory of QC is the amazing people I met along the way. The other students in the EECE program and I have grown closer throughout the years, and they have definitely helped make the journey easier. I would say that many of the professors and the supervisors I had for EECE classes really helped me grow and learn."

Futue plans:

After graduation Ms. Ning will be attending QC graduate school for Early Childhood Education (Birth-2) as well as hold plans to substitute teach while in the program to complete the hours needed for her professional certification. In the next 5 or 10 years she wants to teach in the public school system while going to school for her PhD. Within the next 5 or 10 years she hopes to be a school principal.



Sophia Amperiadis
Receipent of the Educational Opportunity Award
Presented to her by Dr. Harriet Li.

Area of Study:

Double major in Elementary Education and Communication Sciences & Disorders

Reason for choosing this area:

"Ever since I could remember I always wanted to be a teacher. Growing up I had many teachers who I looked up to and who made a difference in my life. I hope to do the same one day in my future student's lives. I always remember this quote from Kathy Davis, 'A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was , the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove...but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child'. I also chose Communication Sciences and Disorders as a co major because I am very interested in becoming a special education teacher and I thought it was a great introduction into the field."

Best lesson learned (about self):

"I have learned that I am more determined than I thought I could ever be. There was no obstacle that I could not overcome. I worked very hard throughout my undergraduate career and I have made it to the end graduating with honors! I couldn't be more proud of myself."

Mentor in the program:

"I would have to say my supervisor for student teaching, Professor Goeller is my mentor. She gave me great advice about teaching. She always offered her support and guidance throughout every step. I walked into student teaching as a nervous student and ended as a blossoming teacher and I owe that to Mrs. Goeller. I will forever be grateful to her."

Fondest memory of QC:

"My best memory of QC are the friendships I have made. For example, in the Education program alone I have met some of the nicest people who I know I will have friendships with in the future. They understand the stress or the excitement I have because they themselves are going through similar situations and feelings. I would have to say they are more like sisters to me then just friends and I cherish every moment and experience we have had together and I thank QC for that!"

Future Plans:

After graduation, Ms. Amperiadis plans to pursue her masters in Childhood Special Education (at QC). In 5 or 10 years she sees herself with her masters degree and hopes to have a permanent teaching position in a public school, making a difference in her students lives.




Amela Cekic
Receipent of the Maryann and William Meyer Award
Presented by her mentor, Dr. Myra Zarnowski.

Area of Study:
Elementary Childhood Education 1-6 and Anthropology.

Reason for choosing this area: "It flourished from a life long love to teach others."

Best lesson learned (about self):

"I have learned that I am an effective motivator and that I am a model leader and professional."

Fondest memory of QC:

"The best memory I take away with me of QC are the quiet times I spent outside in the beautiful campus reading picture books I intended to share with my students."

Future plans:

At the start of the upcoming Fall semester, Ms. Cekic will be in the MS Ed TESOL program at QC.



Catarina Maniafreno
Receipent of the Viola Musumeci Award
Presented by her mentor
Dr. Dianne Sandler

Area of Study:
Elementary Education and Sociology

Reason for choosing this area:

"Being around children my whole life and volunteering in programs. Also, I had several amazing teachers growing up."

Best lesson learned (about self):

"I learned to have confidence in myself even if I may not think I am doing a good job, just try your best. You make mistakes only to learn from them."

Mentor in the program:

"Professor Sandler because she has guided me along the way this semester and I go to her for everything."

Fondest memory of QC:

"My best memory was meeting new friends who had the same ambition and passion as me."

Future plans:

Ms. Maniafreno will be pursuing her MSED in Early Childhood Education (B-2) at Queens College. Within the next 5 or 10 years she plans to have a teaching position and married.



Anna Patruno (second from left) and Leslie Hartzog receive the Herbert Schwartzberg Memorial Award presented to them by Drs. Hal Sobel and Arthur Salz

Area of Study: Masters of Elementary Education Grades 1 - 6

Reason for choosing this area: "I’ve always wanted to become a teacher and decided to change my careers to finally fulfill my dream. It’s also been my dream to teach children."

Best lesson learned (about self):

"I’ve learned that I am quite open and willing to expand my horizons. I have a lot of patience and resolve to hopefully get the best out of my students. I have also learned that my prior background and experiences in life have greatly helped me in what I’m learning and newly experiencing—it provides a great perspective I might have otherwise missed if I’d done this earlier on in life."

Fondest memory of QC:

"My best memory of QC has been of the strong connections and friendships I’ve grown with my fellow DMAT students."

Future Plans:

After graduation Ms. Patruno sees herself as a successful teacher in Queens making positive differences in the lives of her students.



Anjelica Balram
Receipent of the Bertha Friedman Award
Presented to her by Dr. Joseph Saccente 
 

Area of Study: Double major Elementary Education & Psychology

Reason for choosing this area:

"I have wanted to become a teacher all my life. It has been my lifelong goal. I love working with children seeing a smile on their faces at the end of the day allows me know I have accomplished my duties.

Best lesson learned (about self):

"This program made me realize, my capabilities, and all that I can offer. If you work hard, eventually you will enjoy the fruit of your labor."

Mentor in the program:

"I see professor Sacennte as my mentor. I am so happy and glad I had the opportunity to meet him this year. I feel I was meant to meet someone as wonderful as him my last year as an undergraduate student, it made my experience here at QC a lasting memory that will stay with me forever." 

Fondest memory of QC:

"I would have to say my fondest memory here at QC was the honors award ceremony. This ceremony meant so much to me in many ways, but most of all it made me feel like my journey here was well accomplished. This award ceremony summed up my experience here at QC in such a great way, it made me feel I was honored for being here and for all that I have done thus far."

Future plans:

After graduation, Ms. Balram plans to earn a MSED in Special Education at QC.  She finds little importance on what type of car or house she would own, as long as she knows she made a difference in a child's life. She sees herself content and happy in an elementary school classroom.




 

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 Congratulations!

 

 

 Award Recipients 2011

 

Jugena Cela
Receipent of the Arthur Schoen Teacher Education Award
Presented to her by Dr. Mary Foote

Matthew Carneiro
Receipent of the Claire Newman Mathematics Award
Presented to him by Dr. Susan Turkel
 

Christelle Excellent
Receipent of the Marcia Hirsch Early Childhood Award
Presented to her by Dr. Sara Michael-Luna



Carolina Salas
Receipent of the Educational Opportunity Award
Presented to her by Dr. Mary Foote
 



Jacquelyn N. Konkowski
Receipent of the Educational Opportunity Award
Presented to her by Drs. Ruth Diaz and Roseanne Scaturro

Zachary Barnwell
Receipent of the Mercedes L. Harris Memorial Award
Presented to him by Dr. Gloria A. Harris

 
 
     



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