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BCPS Adult and Community Education Wins Three State Awards

Friday, October 04, 2013
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is proud to be the winner of three Adult & Community Education (ACE) of Florida Achievement Awards.  The awards are for ACE School Administrator of the Year, ACE Teacher of the Year and ACE Business Supporter of the Year.
ACE School Administrator of the Year:
Dr. Rick Cunningham was named the ACE School Administrator of the Year for his cutting-edge and results-driven leadership in Adult and Community Education. Through his Connecting Voices initiative, Dr. Cunningham joins business leaders with adult students to help the students develop academic and workplace skills. His Reach Higher program provided matriculation opportunities for students into local business placement. His belief that a highly motivated, well-trained and dedicated teacher is the key to an effective learning environment, has lead him to develop and implement successful data-driven professional development programs in the community schools that he serves. He has dramatically increased student enrollment and acquired various grant funds for school technology and instructional materials.
ACE Teacher of the Year:
Suzanne Yach was named the ACE Teacher of the Year for her dedication to the Adult ESOL program at Fort Lauderdale Community School. Mrs. Yach sets high standards for all of her students and promotes clear pathways for them to be promoted successfully through the Adult Basic Education (ABE) and General Education Development (GED) programs. She also supports her colleagues through her work as a resource teacher, provides administrative support when needed, and is always eager and willing to share her teaching ideas with others and integrate others’ ideas into her own repertoire. She is determined to prove to each of her ELL students that they have a bright future by showing them the path to attain it.
ACE Business Partnership Award:  Tommy Hilfiger Corporation received this award for its collaboration with BCPS. Through their Career Days and skills training seminars for ELL students, these collaborative efforts prepare students for job interviews, resume writing and other valuable life-to-work skills. Tommy Hilfiger Corporation has provided resources for school-wide professional development and has hired over 75 students to work in its Sawgrass Mills Mall store.

Pictured Left to Right: (ACE Business Supporter of the Year) Tommy Hilfiger Corporation representatives Joanne Sproul and Lisa Mailoux; (ACE Teacher of the Year) Suzanne Yach; (ACE School Administrator of the Year) Dr. Rick Cunningham; Neeta Rancourt, Outgoing ACE President; ‎ Zelda Rogers, Director of Adult Education, Florida Department of Education; Mark Hutek, President of ACE
For more information about the Adult & Community Educators of Florida, visit http://www.aceofflorida.org/
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