The SUNY Potsdam School of Education Alumni Association recently awarded Elizabeth “Betty” Briggs of Afton, a member of the Class of 1975, its 2009 St. Lawrence Academy Medal during the College’s Annual Reunion Weekend.
The St. Lawrence Academy Medal is presented to an alum who has made significant contributions to the field of professional education or related fields. The Alumni Association recognized Briggs for her commitment and on-going devotion to public education.
As a teacher, principal and now superintendent of Afton Central School, Briggs has been a strong and visible advocate for children throughout her entire professional career.
While she meets all the demands put on educational administrators, such as personnel management, fiscal responsibility and government reporting, she never loses sight of the children in the classroom. She faces problems that arise by finding a satisfactory solution that will be beneficial to all parties involved. Her special education background makes her especially sensitive to those children who are most in need of care.
“She is the consummate professional who caries out her job with a level of honor and professionalism that is beyond reproach. Betty is always striving to supply the best possible education for children in the safest environment she can provide,” read the citation honoring her.
In addition to her professional role, she is committed to her community. She has received the Chenango County Youth Bureau Exceptional Youth Worker Award, served on the board of directors of the Afton Community Theater, coached basketball and softball and been instrumental in developing a modified sports program at the school.