The Genesis Group and First Source Federal Credit Union are recognizing the following educators in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week.
Connie Byrne, Herkimer BOCES
Connie Byrne is a special education teacher at Herkimer BOCES. During the school closure, Byrne created a virtual classroom environment that sets her students up for success. She always shows compassion and makes an effort to build relationships with her students.
Brian Frantz, OHM BOCES
Brian Frantz is a science teacher at the Career and Technical Education Center at OHM BOCES, and is also in his second year of the master teacher program. He has been busy enhancing all CTE program curricula with science content. Upon the initial school closing, he created an assignment regarding types of viruses and shared an article for all students detailing pathways to help 'flatten the curve.' This served as an introduction to COVID-19 for many students and helped alleviate potential fears. Additionally, Brian began working in the school's FAB lab to help facilitate the production and assembly of over 300 3D-printed face shields. This protective equipment is currently being utilized by local medical professionals making the sacrifice to keep others healthy and safe.
Dr. Linda Weber, SUNY Polytechnic Institute
Dr. Linda R. Weber is a professor of sociology at SUNY Polytechnic Institute. She strives to push her students to excel in their academic life as well as helping them to get ready for the real world. During these challenging times, Weber continues to go above and beyond while staying connected to her students. She has also written several publications, including “Self at the Heart of Trust: The Global Relevance of an Interactionist Understanding of Trust as a Form of Association.”