This year, two new teacher aides in Career and Technical Education programs are themselves CTE alumnae who both received the “Student of the Year” award upon graduation.
Deanna Day was a student in the Criminal Justice program from the Dryden Central School District. She graduated from high school and completed her CTE program in 2016, at which point she attended Onondaga Community College where she received an associate degree in humanities and social sciences. After working at a summer camp program at Dryden Elementary School, Deanna learned about open teacher aide positions in the area and decided to apply. This fall she started a position as the teacher aide in the World of Work Food Services program.
“I never realized how much these students could change my life in such a small amount of time,” Deanna said. “It’s been a month, and they have already made me a better person. I’m grateful for this opportunity to come back to BOCES, where I can make a difference in their lives.”
Jack Perkins was a student in the Auto Technology program and has returned as the teacher aide in that class. Also a Dryden graduate, Jack completed high school and his CTE program in 2014. After graduating, Jack worked at a local auto repair shop and received an A.A.S. degree in Automotive Technology from SUNY Morrisville.
“Becoming a teacher has come across my mind a couple times in the last couple of years,” Jack said. “Having the opportunity to work with the Auto Tech program here at TST is a great chance to get experience teaching by sharing the skills I gained as a student here.”
The Student of the Year award is the highest recognition a CTE student can receive upon completion of their program. Recipients must be a Greatest Achievement Award winner within their CTE class and are selected based on rigorous academic achievement in both their CTE coursework and traditional coursework in their home district.