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New York State Teacher of the Year 2005 to Speak

MORRISVILLE, N.Y.¬—Elizabeth Day, New York State’s Teacher of the Year for 2005, will speak to students at Morrisville State College Oct. 25 during the kick-off for its “Corridor to the Classroom” lecture series.

Sponsored by the college’s Sheila Johnson Institute, the lecture series is targeted to students who are interested in the education field. Day is the first speaker in the series, which will run through the rest of the semester.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 1 p.m. at The Greenery in Bailey Annex on the Morrisville State College campus.

Day has taught sixth-grade at Mechanicville Middle School in Saratoga County for 27 years. A member of the Mechanicville Teachers Association, she teaches math, science, reading and English language arts. She has extensive community service including work with community theater groups, the Rainbow Troupe, and Side by Side, Inc., where she mentors students and motivates interest in the arts.

Morrisville State College recently started offering six associate degrees in teacher transfer education in three areas: early childhood, childhood and adolescence education.

The teacher education transfer degree is unique because it provides students with an opportunity to work in the field early in their academic careers, instead of waiting until their fourth year as is the typical experience in education coursework.

Morrisville State College offers 12 bachelor degrees and a wide variety of associate degrees and options. Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine. The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus also offers programs in business, technologies, liberal arts/education transfer, and nursing to Chenango County area residents and employers.