For Immediate Release
January 24, 2013
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BROCKPORT, NY—More than eighty student teaching candidates gathered January 24 to prepare for their spring student teaching placements. A full slate of activities was planned to help students in The College at Brockport’s School of Education and Human Services get psychologically ready to begin their placements. And the day kicked off with a keynote address by a Brockport alumnus who has achieved great success in the teaching profession.
Greg Ahlquist ’99 (education and teacher certification), a social studies teacher at Webster Thomas High School, has been named the 2013 New York State Teacher of the Year by the New York State Department of Education. And Ahlquist delivered an address to Brockport students that was designed to inspire the next generation of teachers.
“It was a unique opportunity for me to speak to student teaching candidates,” Ahlquist said. “I wanted to…almost give them permission to explore who they are and who they want to be as a teacher. I always say that you won’t own a course until you teach it for three years. The same can be said for teaching style.”
Ahlquist walked away impressed by the caliber of the student teaching candidates.
“I had a really nice, thoughtful exchange with this group,” he said. “The way they thought about things, I felt, was quite advanced. I really felt a good connection with them. It was clear that they were thinking deeply.”
Returning to Brockport was meaningful for Ahlquist, who credits Brockport for setting him on the right path in his career.
“Brockport was really the place where I was able to develop my teaching style and discover who I am as a teacher,” he said.
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