Rick Bacher completed a tour of duty with the United States Army in Afghanistan, where he created first responder classes and provided medical training to local police forces. Rick earned an associate degree from Erie Community College where he served as Editor-In-Chief of the Student Voice Newspaper. Rick transferred to Buffalo State in order to attend the English Education Program and has worked as a tutor and substitute teacher at the Western New York Maritime Charter School.
Timea Kernacova (B.S. '12) was born and raised in Slovakia and immigrated to the United States with her family in 1999. She began her college career at the Fashion Institute of Technology in International Fashion Marketing. Timea transferred to Buffalo State to earn her B.S. in English Education. Timea has worked as a Teacher's Assistant, Literacy Coordinator Assistant at the Buffalo Mission, and as a substitute teacher. Timea is completed her student teaching at John F. Kennedy Middle School and Cheektowaga Central High School. She hopes to one day open up an environmentally sustainable alternative school. Timea is a founding member of the English Education Student Association.
Elise grew up in Cheektowaga, NY and attended Maryvale High School. Currently a resident of Alden, NY, Elise transferred to Buffalo State in order to attend the English Education program. She is a tutor in the English Department's Writing Center and an officer in the English Education Student Association at Buffalo State. Elise is also a teacher in the English Education program's Digital Writing Workshop at Buffalo State's Community Academic Center. Elise expects to graduate with her B.S. in Secondary English Education in the Fall of 2014.
Vanessa Ludwig (B.S. '12) attended Williamsville Central schools and transferred to Buffalo State in the Fall of 2010. Vanessa is a founding member of the English Education Student Association and was a teaching assistant in the English Education program's Digital Writing Workshop. Vanessa is interested in inquiry-based approaches to English Language Art's instruction. She completed her student teaching placements at JFK Middle School and Cheektowaga Central High School.
Alyssa transferred to Buffalo State in the Fall of 2011, commenting, "When I made the decision to become a teacher, I knew Buffalo State was the perfect choice." Alyssa grew up in Hamburg, NY and attended Hamburg Public Schools. Alyssa is currently lead teacher in the English Education program's Digital Writing Workshop at Buffalo State's Community Academic Center. Alyssa is also a student representative on the Dean's Student Council and an officer in the English Education Student Association at Buffalo State.
Collin Schreiner grew up in Williamsvile, NY and attended Williamsville public schools. Collin chose Buffalo State because of "the strong teaching program, small classes, exceptional and understanding professors, the extremely eclectic student body and the sprawling urban campus amidst Buffalo’s growing Elmwood Village." Collin is currently working with English Language Learners in the Digital Writing Workshop at the Community Academic Center.
Chelsie grew up in Lockport, New York and is a 2002 graduate of Newfane High School. She attended Buffalo State College and earned B.A. in Art with a minor in French in 2007. After graduating, while counseling youth with New Directions Youth & Family Services (NDYFS) Wyndham Lawn Campus, she began to connect with children through literature. Because of these experiences she enrolled in the English Education (7-12), Postbaccalaureate Teacher Certification Program at Buffalo State College. The program has helped her "identify my own strengths and needs, in order to become a more successful educator. Chelsie is preparing to student teach in the spring of 2014. She is a founding member of the English Education Student Association.
She attended New York City public school prior to coming to Buffalo State to attend the English Education program. Tiarah chose Buffalo State because “the school is dedicated to helping its surrounding community, and the faculty are very welcoming.” Since joining Buffalo State’s English Education program Tiarah has volunteered at a variety of local schools and community centers. She is currently a teacher in the English Education program’s Digital Writing Workshop at the Community Academic Center. Tiarah’s long-term goal is to be Chancellor of the New York City Public Schools.