Metropolitan Education District is proud to recognize its 2017-18 Teacher of the Year, Kerry LeCussan from Silicon Valley Adult Education. Kerry is an English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) teacher and has taught at the school for 25 years, making a significant impact on adult learners. Through her enthusiasm, positivity, nurturing nature, and by using technology software, ESL students with limited English skills thrive in her classes. Her students make the most level gains in assessment tests, preparing them to succeed in a global society.
“Ms. LeCussan is an exemplary teacher,” Gloria Curd, Principal of Silicon Valley Adult Education, said. “She has a great rapport with her students and keeps up with the latest technology we introduce. She makes a positive impact on our students, helping them achieve their English goals. We are very fortunate to have her on our teaching staff.”
Kerry has been a model teacher to her colleagues. She has taught every level of ESL, served as a Curriculum Specialist several times over eight years, trained teachers to use ESL software, created materials and binders for English Literacy and Civics, and prepared students for Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment Systems (CASAS) testing. She also mentored new teachers, participated in teacher orientations, and co-chaired the 2009 Curriculum and Instruction Western Association of Schools and Colleges’ self-study for the school. Recently in March 2018, the California Council for Adult Education Bay Section recognized her with an Excellence in Teaching Award.
Prior to teaching, Kerry volunteered at the Santa Teresa Elementary School Library for eight years. She was hired as their Librarian where she served students for fourteen years at Santa Teresa, including five years of also being in charge of the Frost Elementary School Library. Kerry graduated Magna Cum Laude from California State University, Fresno. She was Secretary of Kappa Kappa Gamma and President of the Associated Women Students. She attended summer school at the University of Paris and traveled throughout France. She has a B.A. and M.A. in French, a minor in History, and passed the state exam in the Language Development Specialist Program. She enjoys spending time with her two grandchildren and is an avid reader of mystery books.
The Santa Clara County Office of Education will recognize Kerry at the 49th Annual Teacher Recognition Celebration on October 22, 2018, at the Campbell Heritage Theatre. The Teacher Recognition Celebration is the oldest and largest celebration of teachers in California and the most prestigious local award given to classroom teachers.
About Metropolitan Education District: MetroED provides Career Technical Education and academic programs to over 2,600 high school and adult students in Santa Clara County. From its campus located centrally in San Jose, California, the district operates Silicon Valley Career Technical Education and Silicon Valley Adult Education. Register for a free campus tour or get more information at: www.metroed.net
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