Kelly Marchetti, M.S. graduate in Adult Education, was named the recipient of the 2018 Adult Education Award for Outstanding Culminating Requirement.
Kelly currently teaches Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene part-time at SUNY Erie Community College, where she has employed many of the strategies and principles she has learned in the Adult Education program. She is a life-long learner who strives to create meaningful educational experiences for her students.
Kelly graduated from St. Bonaventure University in 1999 with a BA in Spanish Education. She taught middle school Spanish for four years, three of which were in Maryland, but decided to change careers to pursue an interest in dental hygiene. She graduated from University of Maryland, Baltimore in 2006 with a BS in Dental Hygiene. After working for a few years in private practice as a dental hygienist, Kelly rediscovered her love for teaching as a per-diem clinical instructor for dental hygiene at Fortis Institute in Erie, PA.
Kelly currently lives in West Seneca with her husband and three sons. She enjoys baking, exercising, volunteering at her sons’ school, playing sports with her family, traveling, and watching her sons play soccer. Kelly has recently accepted a position as a full-time instructor for Dental Hygiene to begin Fall 2018.
Jason Mazeski, M.S. graduate student in Adult Education, was named the recipient of the 2017 Adult Education Award for Diversity and Social Justice.
Jason received his B.S. in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He is currently a Police Officer for the New York City Police Department, assigned to the Counterterrorism Training Section. Jason is a full-time instructor and a member of the curriculum design and development team. In his four years as an instructor, he has written three training programs for the department and revised over fourteen existing courses.
Over the past year Jason has worked to expel bias and culturally motivated profiling techniques from the counterterrorism-training curriculum. Reaching over 7,500 officers each year, the redesigned curriculum seeks to replace methods and practices that perpetuate social injustice with those that promote community interaction and fair application of the law to all citizens of NYC. Jason hopes to work with other training units within the department to foster a gradual movement towards social justice, responding to the diverse population of New York City.
Christina Stevenson, M.S. graduate student in Adult Education, was named the recipient of the 2017 Adult Education Award for Outstanding Culminating Requirement.
Christina currently designs and facilitates career development courses at a community college in Maryland. In addition to providing online and classroom learning experiences, she serves as a career counselor for individual students. Prior to this, she taught adult learners in a GED program, served as a program director for a mentoring program, and provided career counseling for undergraduate and graduate students at 4-year institutions.
Christina is particularly interested in instructional design, transformational learning, and barriers to student participation and success. Christina thanks her family, friends, and colleagues for their encouragement and looks forward to carrying on the torch of education in her community. She says, "I am grateful for the exceptional instruction of the Adult Education faculty at SUNY Buffalo State and the supportive community I found in my cohort."
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