Staff Accolades

Educators Receive Statewide, Regional Awards
Posted on 05/21/2019

Five MOBOCES staff members were recently honored with statewide and regional recognitions.

Congratulations to:

adult teachers of the yearLiteracy instructor Shawn Fuess, ESL and Hospitality instructor Mersiha Omeragic, and Dental Assistant instructor Kimberly Salatino from Adult and Continuing Education! They each received 2019 Teacher of the Year awards from the New York Association of Continuing/Community Education. They were among 10 adult education instructors across the state to receive the awards on April 30, and they were nominated by Director Kathleen Rinaldo and Senior Coordinator Brenda Wolak.


ann sylstraAnn Sylstra, Pre-K Assistant for Family Services in Early Childhood! She received a Friends of Children award from the Child Care Council of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County. The awards recognize service providers from Herkimer, Madison and Oneida counties who devote their time and talents to children, families and the early education field.

Ann has been with MOBOCES for 15 years but this is her first year in Early Childhood. In her nomination, her Director Colleen Wuest noted: “Always prompt and professional, Ann's compassion is contagious and both students and staff have quickly grown to love her nurturing style and empathy for both families and students.”

lillie savageLillie Savage, a case manager at the Utica ACCESS Site for Adult and Continuing Education! She was recognized by New York State Women, Inc., a professional association for women, for her service to education in the Mohawk Valley. She was one of seven area women to receive a Woman of the Year Award at the agency's annual banquet on April 2.

She was nominated by Lucretia Hunt, the TASC testing coordinator at the Utica ACCESS Site. In her nomination, Lucretia said Lillie has helped members of her community grow and better themselves in many ways, including: through work with Head Start, by providing mentoring and counseling through her church and other community organizations, and through her work at BOCES assisting adults without a diploma, low-income adults, and non-native English speakers.