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Herkimer BOCES instructor receives Genesis Group award
for her 'dedication, compassion'

Nov. 24, 2014

Herkimer BOCES Child and Family Services instructor Kim Fragetta
Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES child and family services instructor Kim Fragetta receives her Outstanding Educator Award on stage during the Genesis Group’s ninth annual Celebration of Education on Thursday, Nov. 20, at Hart’s Hill Inn in Whitesboro.


HERKIMER – Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES child and family services instructor Kim Fragetta received an Outstanding Educator Award at the Genesis Group’s ninth annual Celebration of Education Thursday at Hart’s Hill Inn in Whitesboro.

Fragetta, who started with Herkimer BOCES in 1985, teaches high-school juniors and seniors how to develop thorough lesson plans for a lab where toddlers and nursery-school children learn through play. In addition, the students are able to participate in internships throughout the area in many facets of human services.

“Herkimer BOCES continues to be blessed with Kim’s dedication and compassion for education,” Herkimer BOCES Career and Technical Education Principal Kathy Fox wrote in the nomination letter for Fragetta.

The Genesis Group honored Fragetta and many other educators and programs from local school districts and colleges Thursday.

“Being recognized for the work my students and I perform is very touching,” Fragetta said. “And being surrounded by my family, friends, administrators and Board of Education members who have supported me throughout my career made for a very memorable evening.”

During her time at Herkimer BOCES, Fragetta has been a member of the National Association of Education of Young Children, Board of Directors for the Mid-York Child Care Coordinating Council, Mohawk Valley Community College Advisory Committee and the Herkimer College Education Advisory Committee and Perkins Grant Advisory Council. She also has been a board of trustee and Awards Committee member for a Herkimer BOCES scholarship foundation, a BOCES Public Relations Committee member, a mentor for new teachers and an advisor to SkillsUSA and the National Vocational-Technical Honor Society.

In 2012, Fragetta received the Friend of Children Instructor Award through the Child Care Council of Cornell Cooperative Instruction, with a nomination discussing how she performs “magic” when she assists challenging students feel confident and self-assured, smiles through any situation no matter how difficult and consistently demonstrates the positive impact of teaching with kindness and attention to each child as an individual.

At the Celebration of Education, state Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi was the guest speaker, and he said the night was a great way to say thank you to local educators.

“Congratulations to all of our honorees,” Brindisi said.

Brindisi also spoke about the state needing to change what he called an “irrational system” of distributing state aid and his push for a career and technical education diploma. The Board of Regents recently approved moving forward with multiple pathways diplomas including a CTE diploma, but there is still more work to be done, and enrollment in CTE programs should be encouraged across the state, he said.

Also during the event, Genesis Group Executive Director Ray Durso said education helps make the area a stronger, more vibrant community, and that’s what the Genesis Group is all about.

“Education is an economic engine in the Mohawk Valley region,” Durso said.







 
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