Boston, MA: The Massachusetts Coalition for Adult Education (MCAE) honored Elia Dreyfuss from Holyoke Community College one of two recipients of Educator of the Year. MCAE presented the award at NETWORK 2013, MCAE’s annual conference and the largest adult education conference in New England.
Elia Dreyfuss is the Coordinator of the Holyoke Community College/Community Education Project ABE Transition to College and Careers Program, a collaboration between the Community Education Project (CEP) and Holyoke Community College. The program is designed to facilitate a pathway to college for students who have not traditionally had access to higher education.
Dreyfuss has more than 20 years of experience as an ESOL teacher in community-based programs which target low income adult students from diverse educational and life backgrounds. According to Dreyfuss, it was a natural progression for her to move from teacher to program coordinator where she could develop a bridge for adult basic education (ABE) and ESOL students to prepare for the next stage of their journeys. As a result of her experience, Dreyfuss co-authored the College Awareness and Readiness Curriculum, now used in classrooms throughout the state.
Robin Hodgkinson, Executive Director of Community Education Project, said, “Elia is a gifted ESOL teacher who makes learning English an enjoyable, empowering experience for her students. As Coordinator, she combines humor and mastery of ABE/ESOL pedagogy with high expectations and when necessary “tough love” to encourage her students to reach college readiness; her devotion is uncompromising.” Hodgkinson, along with Kermit Dunkelberg, HCC Director of ABE and ESOL, co-nominated Dreyfuss for the MCAE award.
Dunkelberg added, “Graduates of the program have gone on to earn certificates and Associate’s, Bachelor’s, and Master’s Degrees. Through her work in the community and with the Smooth Transitions Working Group, she has helped to create an ABE to college pipeline. Her work has been passionate, dedicated, and persistent. She is tenacious in her support of individual students and their success, and visionary in her guidance of the program.”
MCAE champions the rights of all adults to acquire 21st century literacy, English language and numeracy skills leading to economic prosperity, strong families and vibrant communities. MCAE provides leadership, professional development, communication and advocacy to advance quality adult basic education. For more information, visitwww.mcae.net.
Roberta Soolman presenting Kermit Dunkelberg and Robin Hodgkinson with Elia Dreyfuss’
MCAE Educator of the Year award.