School of Education: Honors Reception & LUTE Awards

web BrochureDeans, department chairs, faculty, cooperating teachers, candidates, family & friends gathered on Thursday, May 19 for the CUNY Lehman College Annual School of Education Honors Reception. During this special evening, Dr. Minerva Santos was presented with this year’s Lehman Urban Transformative Education (LUTE) Award recognizing her outstanding contribution to urban education and working with English Language Learners.

Excellence in Student Teaching Awards: Jessica Colon (ECCE), Jennifer Sanjurjo (CLLSE), Nelson Caro (MHSE)
English Education Award: Shanay Oseafiana
Aspiring Educational Leader Award: Jason Rayes
Ronald Ellis Awards in Graduate Science Education: Kassie Leidemer, Christie Peralta
Graduate Research/ePortfolio Awards: Ramina Caceres-Cosme, Danielle Clermont, Marcia Feliz, Dana Molloy, Cristie Peralta, Stephanie Shilling.

And 21 Counselor Education students were inducted into Chi Sigma Iota, Tau Chapter, International Counseling and Professional Honor Society: Jose Albarracin, Diahanna Betances, Arlyn Ceballos, Trinese Davis, Erica DeJesus, Shamika Fletcher, Ana J. Henriquez, Nadine Kerr, Leiat Klarfeld, Nathalie Lafleur, Sabree Muhammad, Elizabeth Nieves, Benjamin Udochukwu Nnaji, Erbin Nunez, Ritachi Nwabueze, Isabel Ortiz, Aurisis Pena, Ana Santana, Daniela Tabares, Omawattie Toolsee, Beatrice Valentin

Congratulation to the Class of 2016!

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Lehman Graduate Named Founding Principal at Amber Charter School

Veronica_AlmedinaVeronica Almedina, Lehman Alumna is named the founding Principal of Amber Charter School Washington Heights.

Veronica Almedina is a graduate of Lehman College where she was awarded a Master’s of Science degree in Childhood Education. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Fordham University.

Veronica Almedina is the founding principal of Amber Charter School Washington Heights. Prior to being named founding principal, Veronica was Assistant Principal and Dean of Students at Amber Charter School East Harlem.

Veronica has experience as an elementary school teacher, where she has served as team leader and mentor to fellow teaching colleagues. After teaching for five years, Veronica was accepted into the Emerging Leaders Fellowship Program sponsored by the New York State Charter School Division.   Through this fellowship, she was awarded a certificate to serve as a School Leader to New York State Charter Schools.

In addition, Veronica is as an active coach in helping to train prospective educators who want to emerge as leaders in the educational system. Her passion in supporting aspiring future leaders has led her to become one of the founding members of The Latino Charter Leaders Roundtable. Since the launch of the roundtable Veronica has dedicated herself to supporting present and aspiring Latino Leaders of Charter Schools.

Veronica was awarded Mujer Destacada 2013 by El Diario La Prensa. This award acknowledged her as a Latina leader who through her hard work and determination, made a difference in her community.

As an education visionary, Veronica inspires those around her to create a progressive, dynamic and student-centered learning community that is grounded in character driven education. She promotes and fosters an essential partnership between families and to provide students with the optimal educational experience.