Inspiring aspiring teachers at East High

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Rochester Education Foundation Partnership Awards Dinner, October 9th, 2013. Laura Delehanty, center.

THIS ARTICLE FIRST APPEARED IN THE DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE. DUE TO A SERVER CHANGE, SEVERAL OF THE PHOTOS ARE MISSING.

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If your children want to be teachers, send them to East

October 15, 2013

Last week, Laura Delehanty, Lead Teacher at East High School’s Teaching & Learning Institute was presented with the Education Award at the 8th Annual Rochester Education Foundation’s Partnership Awards Dinner. Above, Laura is pictured with a score of recent alumni and current students from her (along with her husband, co-director Daniel Delehanty) nationally recognized early teaching training program. The dinner’s keynote speaker, Roland Williams, gave an impressive talk about his journey from East to Syracuse University, the Super Bowl and professional post-football success.

It was the exuberant TLI kids who stole the show.

Last June 15 students graduated from TLI. This year 16 are on track to complete the program. If the past is indication, the sky is the limit for these motivated and determined young people.

Created in 1995 with a Ford Foundation grant, TLI’s mission is to help the RCSD grow its own teachers. Through this rigorous program taught by East teachers from all disciplines, students learn the nuts and bolts of lesson and unit planning, lesson organization, preparation of materials, delivery of instruction, classroom management and reflection upon classroom performance. In their senior seminar, students complete a paid internship at one of the district’s elementary schools or in a 7th or 8th grade classroom at the high school, as well as prepare portfolios for the culminating exit interview.

Since its inception, TLI has graduated over 200 students. Currently, thirteen TLI graduates are working in the district as counselors, teachers, and administrators. When it comes to building diversity and excellence, this is grassroots education at its best.

Here’s the TLI “Hall of Fame:”

Angelique Aponte Nunez — RCSD teacher
Stephanie Bliss — RCSD school counselor
Dr. Leonard Brock, ED.D – Executive for Special Projects at The Children’s Agenda
Andrella Hurley — RCSD teacher
Chastity Johnson — RCSD teacher
Tiffany Lee –  Assistant Principal, RCSD
Catherine Newman — RCSD teacher
Yesenia Ortiz — RCSD teacher
Anthony Plonczynski — runs the Upward Bound Program at the University of Rochester.  Currently pursuing his PhD at the U of R.
Leslie Rivera — RCSD teacher
Yaijaira Walker — RCSD teacher
Sara Walter — RCSD teacher

If your children want to be teachers, send them to East