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Ana Garcia Reyes with the Hostos Community College delegation of educators at la Catedral Primada de América at a mass in commemoration of National Teachers Day

Alumnus, Dr. Marybelle Ferreira received the Outstanding Educator Award from his Excellency, President Leonél Fernández and the Hon. Josefina Pimentel, Minister of Education of the Dominican Republic.

Monday, September 12, 2011 (Bronx, NY) –  The Hostos Community College Office of the President held a ceremony last Thursday in honor of the teachers who successfully completed the 2011 Teacher Training Program.  Organized by Ana García Reyes, Interim Associate Dean for Community Relations, this year’s teacher training themed, “The Education of Dominicans” took place in the Dominican Republic from June 20th through July 13th with both DOE teachers composing the Hostos Delegation. Nearing its twentieth anniversary term the Hostos Community College Teacher Training Program continues to grow and thrive year-after-year.

Ana García Reyes remarked, “There’s a high demand for teacher training programs and student development seminars that address the history, culture, and education about the Dominican Republic due to the increasing Dominican immigrant population here in New York City. According to the 2010 Census, there are 1.4 million Dominicans in the United States and New York City alone is home to 150,000 Dominicans, most of who live in the Bronx. The City University of New York reports that over 26,000 of its students identified themselves as Dominicans.  At Hostos Community College, at least 30% of the students are Dominicans. The NYC Department of Education also reports high numbers of Dominican children attending our public schools. Therefore exchanges like this one meet the professional development needs of DOE teachers, administrators, Hostos students and NYC public school teachers. Immersion in a bilingual-bicultural experience expands knowledge and that will give them a deeper understanding of the background of their Dominican students and colleagues. This enables teachers to develop innovative curricula, and gives students a broader perspective on the Caribbean diaspora and that can only reflect positively in the classrooms.”

The government of the Dominican Republic commemorated National Teachers Day on Wednesday, June 29th, 2011 and the Hostos Delegation attended the festivities as official guests. A mass was held at La Catedral Primada de América, followed by a National Symphonic Orchestra concert, under the musical direction of maestro Carlos Andrés Mejía Zuluaga at the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo.

In addition, the National Palace held an awards ceremony and hosted a banquet at the Intercontinental Hotel V Centenario in honor of National Teachers Day. Five members of the Hostos Delegation received awards alongside other outstanding educators of the Dominican Republic. The awards were conferred by his Excellency, President Leonél Fernández and the Minister of Education, Josefina Pimentel Esq. The Hostos Delegation award recipients were; NYC DOE Queens H.S. Superintendent Juan Méndez; Bronx NYC DOE teacher Ursula Sosa; NYC DOE Assistant Principal and Hostos Alum, Dr. Marybelle Ferreira; York College Assessment Director and Hostos Alum, Dr. Fenix Arias and New York State Department of Labor Associate Commissioner Elizabeth De Leon.

The Hostos Delegation had the opportunity to visit:  Parque Independencia; La Cueva de las Maravillas; Liceo Secundario Emiliano Tejera; Provincia de Salcedo; Instituto Global de Altos Estudios; Instituto Superior de Formación Docente Salomé Urena; Museo Candido Bido in Salcedo and the Bellas Artes Concert Hall.

A mainstay of the Dominican Republic study abroad program are the traditional excursions trips to Zona Colonial, Monumento de los Héroes, La Catedral Primada de América, Juan Dolio Beach, Museo Hermanas Mirabal and the Juan Bosch Library.

About Hostos Community College
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, part of The City University of New York system, was founded in 1968.  Located in the South Bronx, the college currently serves nearly 7,000 students.  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 Continuing Education and Professional Studies Department that offers courses for professional development and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. In four decades, Hostos has grown from a class of 623 in the fall of 1970 to the spring 2010 enrollment of nearly 7,000 students.  The college also serves an additional 12,000 students through its Continuing Education and Professional Studies Department. For more news and stories about Hostos Community College visit www.hostos.cuny.edu.

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Ana M. Carrión - amcarrion@hostos.cuny.edu
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Phone: 718-518-6872 or 917-627-9097


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