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(Left to right) Dominican Republic House of Representatives Member Alfredo Rodríguez, NYC school teachers Ana Made, Laura Koulish, Deanna Palavra, Jose Castillo, Ana Valerio Saillant, Hostos Associate Dean Ana García Reyes, NYC school teachers Scott Nielson, Rafael Torres, Mabel Grullón, Daisy Olivencia, and Magada Delerme.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 (Bronx, NY) - On November 1, 2013, Hostos Community College held an awards ceremony for NYC public school teachers who successfully completed the Hostos Teacher Training Study Abroad Summer Program 2013 in the Dominican Republic.  Award recipients included public school teachers from the five New York City boroughs and CUNY students. The educators presented final program projects emanating from the enriching summer study abroad experience.

Hostos student Natalia Minier said, "I will be graduating this year with a degree in Early Childhood Education and I'm grateful for this program because through the beautiful presentations made by these real life teachers, I connected what I'm studying with the actual profession. Watching them creating lesson plans was inspiring. It is something that will be required of me when I become a teacher. Getting the chance to interact with them was great because it gave me the opportunity to be surrounded by role models."

Honoree Principal Nancy Díaz of The Antonia Pantoja Preparatory Academy said, "I was moved by the teachers' presentations. They presented innovative lesson plans that demonstrated knowledge and depth."  Also in attendance was the Honorable Gabriela Rosa, Assemblywoman for the 72nd district, who lauded the participants and saying, "The teachers developed beautiful and useful lesson plans. I wished I had well trained teachers like the ones who participated in this program when I was attending school."

The Honorable Alfredo Rodríguez from the Dominican Republic House of Representatives, who was also honored added, "I am pleased with the outcome of the program and the projects that the teachers produced through the experience. I look forward to receiving more groups at the House of Representatives in the Dominican Republic to continue the dialogue about educational issues impacting both countries and the immigrant communities."

Vice Consul Rolando Cabral represented the Dominican Consulate of New York and the Consul General. He accepted a certificate of recognition, on behalf of the Consul General, presented by the Honorable D.R. Minister Jaime David Mirabal for his support of the teacher training program. All the program participants were presented with citations and certificates from the offices of Assemblywoman Gabriela Rosa, Councilman Ydanis Rodríguez, State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, and Hostos Community College for the successful completion of the Hostos Teacher Training Study Abroad Summer Program 2013. Associate Dean Ana García Reyes was also recognized for the invaluable work she has done in ensuring the program model's success. Other honorees included Dr. Fénix Arias, Associate Dean of Bronx Community College; Instituto Superior de Formación Docente Salomé Ureña; Recinto Luis Napoleón Nuñez Molina; CUNY Dominican Studies Institute (DSI); The Honorable Council Member Ydanis Rodríguez; Serapius Green, Dominican Republic Resort; Milady Báez, Executive Director of  ADASA; and Dignora Coronado, author. Also honored, NYC Teachers Mrs. Angela Silverio, Ms. Krista Kelly and Ms. Susan Crichlow.

For Dean Ana García Reyes, the celebration was a tribute to all who are involved with education. "This celebration is dedicated to the diverse group of educators that took part of this summer's study abroad experience. This incredible group was made up of Dominican-Americans, Greek-Americans, Haitian-Americans, Jewish, Trinidadians and Puerto Ricans. This celebration is also a tribute to our sponsors EmblemHealth and Inca Kola for their immense support and who make this opportunity the rich and wonderful cultural experience that it is. Finally, I am delighted that our ceremony coincides with and one CUNY's presently prominent themes, the CUNY Study Abroad Programs."
EmblemHealth's new Market Segment Manager Malik Abdur- Razzaq, Inca Kola President Lourdes Del Castillo and Inca Kola Public Relations designee, Melania García were also presented with a citation of recognition. In attendance: NYC Public School Teachers; Hostos Alumna and P.S. 54 School Principal of the Bronx, Dr. Marybelle Ferreira; D.R. House of Representative, Alfredo Rodríguez; Emblem Health Representative, Judith Amaro; and School Principal Marybelle Ferreira.

(Left to right standing) Emblem Health Representative Judith Amaro; Bronx Community College Associate Dean Fénix Arias; Associate Dean García Reyes; NYC Teachers Lura Koulish; Deanna Palavra; Jose Castillo; Ana Made; Daisy Olivencia; Mabel Grullon; Magda Delerme; Principal Marybelle Ferreira. (Left to right seating) Assemblywoman Gabriela Rosa; Vice Consul Rolando Cabrera; Hon. Alfredo Rodriguez; Inka Kola President Mrs. Lourdes Del Castillo and Ms. Melania García and Mrs. Ana Luisa Garcia Ramírez

In attendance: NYC Public School Teachers; Hostos Alumna and P.S. 54 School Principal of the Bronx, Dr. Marybelle Ferreira; D.R. House of Representative, Alfredo Rodríguez; Emblem Health Representative, Judith Amaro; and School Principal Marybelle Ferreira.

About The Hostos Teacher Training Study Abroad Summer Program in the Dominican Republic - The Teacher Training Study Abroad Summer Program is a cultural and language immersion program designed to enrich individual lives through a bilingual and bicultural travel curricula. The program is designed to offer attendees a deep learning exchange of Dominican culture and history while broadening the understanding and perspective of the Caribbean diaspora.  Initial classes take place at Hostos Community College the last two weeks of June followed by a third week of classes in early July at Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo, The Ministry of Education of the Dominican Republic and at the Instituto de Educación Superior Salome Ureña de Henríquez in Santiago. Attendees visit museums, art galleries, cultural centers and take field trips to historical sites around the country. To-date the program has captured the participation of educators, principals and students of all levels of educational attainment from New York State, other cities from the Northeastern Sea Board and the Mid-West of the United States. Teachers, principals, college professors, other educators and students are eligible to apply and be a part of this cultural and educational exchange. Since the inception of the program over two decades ago, thousands of students, faculty, staff, public school teachers and dignitaries have participated in this wonderful exchange initiative under the leadership and coordination of Associate Dean Ana Garcia Reyes. Additional information about the program can be obtained via AGREYES@HOSTOS.CUNY.EDU

About Hostos Community College - Eugenio María de Hostos Community College is an educational agent for change that has been transforming and improving the quality of life in the South Bronx and neighboring communities since 1968. It serves as a gateway to intellectual growth and socioeconomic mobility, as well as a point of departure for lifelong learning, success in professional careers, and transfer to advanced higher education programs. The College's unique "Student Success Coaching Unit" provides students with individualized guidance and exemplifies its emphasis on student support services. Hostos offers 29 associate degree programs and five certificate programs that facilitate easy transfer to CUNY's four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions. The College has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Development that offers professional development courses and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. Hostos is part of The City University of New York (CUNY), the nation's leading urban public university, which serves more than 480,000 students at 24 colleges.

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