Kim Ferguson is a counselor and special education teacher at Myers Education Center in Saratoga Springs. She deals with everything from culinary arts to welding, and knows the experience her students are getting in these specific trades could lead them to real-world employment..
Melissa Gleason heads a program called “Operation Graduation.”
“I have the best job, because I take them in one year – give them hope, teach them, meet their needs, and watch them meet that goal of graduating,” she said.
Alina Keegan is in her second year teaching science at Albany Academy for Girls. It’s actually the school she attended as a student not too long ago. After spending some time working for “Teach For America,” Keegan says it’s always great when you can come back home and do what you love.
Delores Celeste is a social studies teacher at Algonquin Middle School in Averill Park. Her students say she makes history come alive. She’s back in the classroom after being diagnosed with Lyme disease and Bell’s palsy, proving just how committed she is. As far as her decision to become a teacher, “I just love it – best thing I ever did,” she said.
Remember high school shop classes? Rick Jason at New Lebanon Junior-Senior High School does shop classes a little differently. “I don’t go to work. I go to school,” he explained. “I get paid to learn and share what I know with the students I teach.”