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Hostos Associate Dean Ana I. García Reyes and ADASA President and DOE Principal Sal Fernández.

Thursday May 23, 2013. (Bronx, NY) - On May 10, the Association of Dominican-American Supervisors and Administrators (ADASA) hosted its Thirteenth Gala Awards Dinner Dance at Terrace on the Park.

Associate Dean Ana García Reyes brought greetings on behalf of Hostos Community College and commended ADASA for seeking funds to support entering freshman to college. Dean García Reyes highlighted the importance of supporting students to succeed in their career aspirations and applauded the partnerships which help students transition from high school to higher education institutions.

Dean García Reyes recognized the ADASA Board for its commitment to excellence in education and celebrated the long lasting partnership between ADASA and Hostos Community College. For more than a decade, Hostos Community College  and ADASA sponsored teacher training exchange programs in collaboration with the Minister of Education of the Dominican Republic and the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo.

ADASA President and DOE Principal, Sal Fernández brought welcoming remarks and congratulated the honorees and scholarship recipients. Three CUNY alumni were recognized under the category of “Outstanding Educators,” including Ana De Jesus, Assistant Principal of Lehman High School and City College alumna; Dr. John Falco, Director of the Institute for New Era Educational Leadership and Innovation at the College of Saint Rose and CCNY alumnus; and José Ruíz, Cluster Leader of Cluster 6 and City College alumnus.

The ceremony was moderated by Dr. Marybelle Ferreira, Hostos alumna and DOE Assistant Principal. Milady Baez, CUNY Alumna and ADASA Executive Director, encouraged the scholarship recipients to follow their dreams and reach high. Ten high achieving high school students received $1,000 scholarships.

The event was sponsored by Emblem Health and CUNY Senior Vice Chancellor for University Relations, Jay Hershenson.

About ADASA:
ADASA co-founders, Milady C. Báez and Eduardo Genao, both former superintendents for the New York City Department of Education, initiated this association in the spring of 1999. Báez, who was then principal of Public School 149 in Queens, met with a group of colleagues to discuss the possibility of forming a Dominican-American association of New York City school principals. Later in the spring of 1999, Báez met Genao, a principal of the South Bronx High School in the Bronx who shared a similar interest. During the next two years, this group of principals worked to create the first and only association in New York City serving Dominican-Americans supervisors and administrators.

It is an association that supports its members through professional development, constructive sharing of ideas and best practices. ADASA has participated in an exchange program with Hostos Community College and the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo.  Every year ADASA holds an annual gala dinner dance to celebrate the success of its members and to award scholarships to high school students of Dominican-American descent who are entering college in the fall.  The purpose of ADASA is to serve with honor its school communities and promote excellence and equity in education to all students.  The strength of ADASA is the unity of its members in creating a cadre of high caliber educators who will always feel supported by their colleagues.

About Hostos Community College:
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, part of The City University of New York (CUNY) system, was founded in 1968.  In addition to associate degree programs that facilitate easy transfer to CUNY’s four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions, Hostos also has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development that offers courses for professional development and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. In four decades, Hostos has grown from a class of 623 in 1970 to more than 7,000 students in 2012. The college also serves an additional 12,000 students through its Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development. For more news and stories about Hostos Community College, visit www.hostos.cuny.edu

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