GSE Student Awards

Gary Wellbrock, current doctoral student in Language, Literacy & Learning, was selected to be the recipient of the 2012 International Reading Association (IRA) Eleanor M. Johnson Elementary Teacher Award.  This award recognizes an outstanding elementary school teacher of reading/language arts, and honors Eleanor M. Johnson, founder and editor-in-chief of Weekly Reader, who passed away in 1987.  The award includes a monetary prize of $1,000 supported by a grant from Weekly Reader Corporation, and will be presented in late April at the the IRA Annual Convention in Chicago. 

Gary holds an M.A. in Deaf Education from Teachers College at Columbia University and is currently an early elementary educator at PS 47, a dual language (American Sign Language and English) school in New York City teaching deaf, hard of hearing and hearing children from diverse backgrounds.
Click here for more information about the conference and the award.

Joy Farina Foskett, a current student in the Preparing Early Childhood Special Educators (PECSE) program, will be awarded the New York State Association for the Education of Young Children (NYSAEYC) Champions for Children Student Leader Award.  The awards recognize individuals who have dedicated their work, time and resources to children, families and the field of early care and education, and will be presented at the upcoming NYSAEYC Annual Conference in Buffalo, New York in April. 

Joy holds a Master’s in Early Childhood Education from Hunter College; PESCE will be her second masters in this area.  Exposure to children with special needs has inspired her to reach beyond her general educational setting and advance her studies and professional development in the Special Needs setting.  She is currently the Head Teacher in the 3s Classroom at Corlears School in New York City.
Click here for more information about the conference and award.

Congratulations to our accomplished GSE students!



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