Former Pawling educator, Michelle Kaprinski recently attended the 63rd annual New York State English Council Conference on October 17th and 18th at The Desmond Hotel in Albany, NY.
Nearly 400 English Teachers and Administrators from across the state were present at the conference titled, “All for One, One for All: Getting to the Core for the Uncommon Learner”.
Keynote speakers included President of the Culham Writing Company, Ruth Culham, CEO of Odell Education, Judson Odell, author and writing teacher, Coe Booth and Dr. Beverly Chin, Director of the English Teaching Program at the University of Montana. In between speakers, attendees were encouraged to peruse publisher exhibits, curriculum materials and the variety of workshops offered for elementary to college-level educators. NYSEC’s goal is to provide members with top-quality professional development, as well as access to resources and speakers who inspire and leave their audience feeling rejuvenated and ready to embrace changes and obstacles thrown their way.
Kaprinski presented and facilitated two workshops during her stay, specifically “AIS: Motivating and Nurturing the Reluctant Student” and “Navigating HYPERLINK “http://www.engageny.org” www.engageny.org.
The event concluded with an Awards Luncheon, where teachers and Administrators were presented Educator of Excellence awards. Michelle was acknowledged as the first-time recipient of NYSEC’s Article of the Year Award, for her curriculum article contributions to the organization’s journal, The English Record. Furthermore, she supported her former Administrative mentor, Allan Lipsky as he received an award for which she nominated him for his incredible leadership throughout the implementation of the Pawling Middle School Literacy Initiatives.
Michelle currently serves as NYSEC’s Membership Chair, as well as Regional Director of the Hudson Valley. She enjoys combining her English Teaching background with her leadership skills to support teachers and keep them current.