Laura Eggelston, ENL teacher, will be honored with the Capital Area School Development Association (CASDA) Friends of Education Award on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the fourth annual Friends of Education Dinner being held at the Albany Marriott Hotel. CASDA presents this award to recognize the selfless contributions of individuals who dedicate themselves to serving students and enriching their school communities.
According to Bradt Primary School Principal Leslie Smith, Laura’s greatest strength is her ability to make connections and trusted relationships with the ENL families she serves. In addition to going out of her way to schedule meetings or make phone calls to connect with her families, she has also been able to supply families with essentials, such as backpacks and supplies, clothing and shoes through our Bradt Anchor Room.aura’s duties often extend outside of regular school hours as well. She is a mentor for new teachers, ensuring they have the necessary support to be successful in their new roles, and also volunteers throughout the year at the local City Mission, serving meals with the Bradt School team. Laura and her family also worked with Habitat for Humanity to build a home for one of the elementary school’s families.
Laura is also actively engaging in research that will further the district’s professional knowledge of strategies for supporting reading development in our students. In addition, she has presented at regional and statewide conferences and most recently, she presented a professional development workshop on Early Reading Comprehension Instructional Strategies for English Language Learners K-3 for the Albany Area Reading Council at Bradt primary school.
Laura’s fearless and reflective characteristics make her a fantastic resource for students and their families, and a deserving recipient of CASDA’s Friend of Education Award.