Title: Supervisor of Special Education
Company: Lakeview Learning Center
Location: Wayne, NJ
Wayne, NJ, August 18, 2016, Jacqueline Swanson, Supervisor of Special Education at Lakeview Learning Center, has been recognized by Elite American Educators, for dedication, achievement and leadership in teaching and evaluating the needs of special education children.
Lakeview Learning Center is a private day school that is committed to giving students the opportunity to reach their fullest potential and build up the life skills that are essential to function in the community. Ms. Swanson specializes in student learning and emotional behavioral challenges, cognitive implications in learning, and student evaluations and recommendations for remediation, and in her current capacity, she teaches special education for students with behavioral and emotional needs, oversees admissions, and interviews potential students. Ms. Swanson is also responsible for reviewing student records, counseling, handling curriculum development, managing operations, directing the school’s affairs, overseeing staff and student learning, and facilitating building management initiatives. Continue reading
Title: Lead Professor for World Languages
Company: Houston Community College System
Location: Houston, TX
Houston, TX, August 12, 2016, Ana Hnat, Lead Professor for World Languages at Houston Community College System, has been recognized by Elite American Educators, for dedication, achievement and leadership in language education.
Dr. Hnat has been in charge of the foreign languages department at Houston Community College System for the past 27 years and has been teaching foreign languages since the early 1980s. She is well known for her expertise in grammar and linguistics, and speaks English, Spanish, and French. Dr. Hnat was influenced by her grandparents, who spoke Arabic, to enter the education field. She gained an interest in different languages and made the decision to pursue a career in the field. Continue reading
Title: Speech-Language Pathologist (Retired)
Company: Plano Independent School District
Location: Plano, TX
Plano, TX, August 2, 2016, Ann Matthews, Retired Speech-Language Pathologist at Plano Independent School District, has been recognized by Elite American Educators, for dedication, achievement and leadership in speech education.
Working in speech-language pathology with students has allowed Ms. Matthews the advantage of honing her gift of creativity. Often thinking outside the box to connect with and heal students, this mentality has translated well into her post-retirement endeavors. In the time since retiring as a pathologist, she has committed her time to working in a hospice to help families accept their loved ones transition, and she has taken up writing and baking to raise funds to help others.
Ms. Matthews prepared for her career in speech-language pathology be earning a Bachelor of Applied Science in communication disorders sciences and services from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She also earned a master’s degree in speech-language pathology from Southern Methodist University. Part of what made her so successful in helping children is her natural ability, and her belief that people with disabilities are not defined by their disabilities. She helps families to understand there is no such thing as an autistic child; there are only children who have autism. With this mentality, she has been able to help many families for more than three decades. Continue reading
Title: School Principal
Company: Kasyoki Christian Academy
Location: Sisseton, SD
Sisseton, SD, August 3, 2016, June Ione Kasyoki, School Principal of Kasyoki Christian Academy, has been recognized by Elite American Educators for dedication, achievements and leadership in educational leadership.
Ms. Kasyoki knew from an early age that she wanted to educate children. She has dedicated 61 years to the education industry and has been serving in her position for the past 24 years. An expert in reading and English instruction, she is responsible for overseeing of administrative duties and gap testing, teaching life skills, managing academic programs and conducting psychological testing. For her exceptional work, Ms. Kasyoki earned the South Dakota Middle School Teacher of the Year Award. Aside from her work at Kasyoki Christian Academy, Ms. Kasyoki works with a school in Kenya, as well as owns a pawn shop, a coffee and bake shop and massage and reflexology center. Continue reading
Title: 1) Consultant 2) Adjunct Professor
Company: 1) New York City Economic Development Corporation 2) Brooklyn Law School
Location: New York, NY
New York, NY, July 20, 2016, Leonard M. Wasserman, Esq., Consultant for the New York City Economic Development Corporation and Adjunct Professor at Brooklyn Law School, has been recognized by Elite American Educators, for dedication, achievement and leadership in economic development and education in law.
Throughout the more than 40 years of his career, Mr. Wasserman has been driven by achieving benefits for the public through socially sensitive and equitable realization regarding urban development projects. Always interested in urban planning, he decided his talents would better serve the public as a lawyer rather than a developer. Presently, Mr. Wasserman is a consultant for the New York City Economic Development Corporation, an organization focused on retooling the city to produce job growth and creation, and overall improve the quality of life. In addition, Mr. Wasserman teaches at Brooklyn Law School, where he has the opportunity to share his knowledge and skills on various projects with prospective lawyers.
After graduating from Columbia University with a Bachelor of Arts, Mr. Wasserman spent a year working with the Housing and Development Administration. It was at the behest of a mentor where Mr. Wasserman decided to attend law school. He promptly attended Brooklyn Law School and earned a JD. After graduating, he served as a law clerk in the Southern District and spent time working in a private practice. In 1985, he was named the chief of economic development division, which sparked him to support City Hall in its pursuit of economic development goals. In addition to consulting for the city, Mr. Wasserman consults for the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Continue reading
Title: Mathematics Teacher
Company: San Angelo Independent School District
Location: San Angelo, TX
San Angelo, TX, July 25, 2016, Saundra Paschal, Mathematics Teacher at San Angelo Independent School District, has been recognized by Elite American Educators, for dedication, achievement and leadership in high school education.
Ms. Paschal began teaching more than 35 years ago, starting out as a teacher’s aide. As a mathematics teacher, she focuses on preparing students in algebra and precalculus. Not only that, but she is involved as the coach of the school’s mathematics team and advising on books for publication. In addition, she coordinates the school’s university interscholastic league. Ms. Paschal likens her success in educating students from the support she received when she was in high school from her instructors. Mathematics is also connected to her hobbies, where she enjoys taking pictures of natural landscapes to capture evidence of mathematical functions as they are found in the real world. Continue reading
Title: Associate Professor, Director of Theater
Company: The College of William & Mary
Location: Toano, VA
Toano, VA, July 12, 2016, Laurie Wolf, Associate Professor and Director of Theater at The College of William & Mary, has been recognized by Elite American Educators, for dedication, achievement and leadership in theater history and critical theory.
Skilled in the field of theatrical education, half of Dr. Wolf’s career has been teaching scores of students at The College of William & Mary. Enlightening students to a curriculum covering theater history, drama and literature, Dr. Wolf endeavors to inspire young minds in the way she was inspired by theater as a junior high school student. In addition to teaching theater, she meets with students, supervises honor students, directs plays and mentors junior faculty. She has been involved in theater for nearly 30 years, and 16 of those years have been spent at the college as an associate professor and director. Looking toward the future, Dr. Wolf endeavors to become a full-time professor and write more. She currently has three published books. Continue reading
Title: Kindergarten Teacher (Retired)
Company: Newark Public Schools
Location: Newark, NJ
Newark, NJ, May 27, 2016, Margaret Moore, Retired Kindergarten Teacher at Newark Public Schools, has been recognized by Elite American Educators, for dedication, achievement and leadership in elementary education.
Ms. Moore is honored for her professional longevity, having dedicated more than 30 years as an educator. Throughout her career, she aided hundreds of students in preparing to become productive, independent and self-supporting members of society. Many of her former students have gone on to attend college and find professional success. Ms. Moore sees this as one of the most rewarding aspects of the job and that is has always made her love her opportunity to work with children. On her 25th and 30th years as a teacher, she was awarded a plaque of recognition in her classroom. Continue reading
Title: History Faculty
Company: Berkeley City College
Location: Union City, CA
Union City, CA, April 28, 2016, Nola Hadley Torres, History Faculty at Berkeley City College, has been recognized by Elite American Educators, for dedication, achievement and leadership in United States and Native American History.
Demonstrating more than 20 years of expertise, Dr. Torres is an experienced educator who enjoys teaching courses in history. After working as a writer and advocate for a company, she discovered the most gratifying aspect of the job was the historical aspect. From then on, Dr. Torres decided sharing her knowledge about history would better suit her interests. She maintains an active presence at Berkeley City College, on top of teaching classes, she also runs the PACE (Program for Adult College Education) program. The program began in 1989 and assists adults with continuing college education and earning degrees. Continue reading