Lewiston-Porter High School special-education teacher Ashli Dreher is New York State’s 2014 Teacher of the Year, the state announced today.
Dreher’s commitment to her students and community and her work with students’ parents is what makes her stand out above others, NYSUT said in a statement, Gannett’s Ashley Hupfl reports. The district is in Niagara County.
“In her classroom, students with special needs receive a mix of research-based instructions and innovative lessons. Her focus on community and volunteerism, and her close collaboration with parents, make her a sterling example of what happens when great teachers and concerned parents work together on behalf of our children,” NYSUT President Richard Iannuzzi said in a statement.
Dreher began teaching in 1996 at Lewiston-Porter High School and now directs the life skills special education program. Dreher works to place special needs students in internships in the community and help hosts four dinners a year to recognize student achievement.
“Ashli’s commitment to professional development and ‘best practice’- and her dedication to sharing what she has learned with her colleagues across the state – are in the best tradition of teachers helping teachers grow as professionals,” NYSUT Vice President Maria Neira said in a statement.
Dreher will visit the White House as the state’s 2014 representative for national Teacher of the Year.
She succeeds Webster High School history teacher Greg Ahlquist as 2013’s New York Teacher of the Year.
Other finalists in 2014 were:
• Abbe Guillet, a French teacher at C.W. Baker High School in Baldwinsville;
• Emma Kress, an English teacher at Cicero-North Syracuse High School in Cicero; and
• Jeanine Nielsen, a chemistry teacher at Monticello High School in Monticello.