Latesha Fussell Honored with TOC Student of the Year Award


SUNY Potsdam's Teacher Opportunity Corps program honored students who excelled in the 2012-13 academic year at its annual reception and ceremony.

Latesha Fussell of Brooklyn, N.Y., was presented the 2013 TOC Student of the Year Award.

A graduate student who is working toward her Master of Education degree with a concentration in special education program, Fussell was recognized for her academic achievements, outstanding participation in TOC professional development conferences and seminars, leadership in teaching related activities, and commitment to a career in education.

She is currently serving as a teacher's assistant in a classroom for children with special needs at the Lawrence Avenue Elementary School in Potsdam, N.Y.

SUNY Potsdam's Teacher Opportunity Corps serves 18 students each year. Its purpose is to enhance the preparation of teachers and prospective teachers in addressing the learning needs of at-risk students, and to encourage individuals traditionally underrepresented in teaching to choose teaching as a career.

The New York State Department of Education's Office of K-16 Initiatives and Access Programs Teacher Development Programs Unit sponsors TOC, along with SUNY Potsdam's School of Education and Professional Studies.

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Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America's first 50 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training and leadership in the performing and visual arts.