Meet three local educators who serve as American Graduate Champions in the Southern Tier.
WSKG Education had a chance to sit down with these inspiring teachers and ask them about their successful methods, both in and out of the classroom. Local students of all ages are supported by these dropout prevention programs. A big "thank you" to Ms. Emily Buss, Mr. Kyle Wolf, Ms. Kate O'Rourke and to all the American Graduate Champions in our community!
Meet the Teachers
Special Education Teacher at Binghamton High School
“I wish every student could see the unique gifts, talents, and resiliency they possess. I wish they could see themselves the way I see them.”
Ms. Buss and her 9th grade Careers English class organized and hosted American Graduate Day at Binghamton High School.
- 13 local agencies participated in American Graduate Day in Binghamton and over 30 students volunteered their Saturday.
Social Studies Teacher at Union-Endicott High School
“I wish every student could see how much I care about them and their future.”
Career Academy teachers work together to support each student. This team-teaching approach helps students stay on track in all their core classes.
- Career Academy students and teachers make their way through high rope and low rope courses at Cayuga Nature Center. Participating in two team-building trips fosters an environment of trust and corporation at school.
Home Study Instructor at Broome-Tioga BOCES
“I wish every student could see the importance of persevering through difficult math problems NOW rather than giving up, later realizing how important it is, and having to start over.”
Broome-Tioga BOCES offers GED classes for students 18 years or older to help students prepare for the GED exam.
GRASP: Giving Ready Adults a Study Program
- GRASP is a free Home Study program for students 21 years and older to prepare for the GED exam. GRASP students are of all ages: 30s, 40s, 50s, and over.
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Just for fun!
Three words to describe your graduation day are...
Reflective, Departure, Fear of what’s next
Ms. Buss graduated from Binghamton High School, Class of 2006.
Amazing! Epic! Unreal!
Mr. Wolf graduated from Union-Endicott High School, Class of 2001.
Anxious, Nervous, Excited
Ms. O'Rourke graduated from Whitney Point High School, Class of 2006.