Utica College News

YS Assistant Director Granted Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award

Atwood to Receive $5000 for Professional Development

Written by: Marissa Filletti '18, PR Intern

Benjamin Atwood, assistant director of Utica College’s Young Scholars Liberty Partnerships Program (YSLPP), was recently recognized by New York State with an Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award. The award of $5,000 was presented by Governor Andrew Cuomo and is to be used for professional development.

The Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes individuals who exemplify the highest standards of teaching and work to foster creativity, instill a love of learning, and inspire independent thinking and student initiative. According to Cuomo, Atwood is one of those individuals.

A Utica College alumnus, Atwood graduated in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in history education. In 2013, he earned his master’s degree in special education.
Atwood began working with YSLPP in 2010 as a site assistant. He later took on the role of site supervisor and was recently promoted to assistant director. He also serves as an assistant coach for Utica College Football.

“I am so excited to have garnered this recognition on behalf of Utica College, the Utica City School District, and the NYS Liberty Partnerships Programs. Utica is a tremendous city for education. We truly have some of the hardest working teachers in the country right here and great things are happening as a result,” said Atwood.

Young Scholars LPP is a collaborative partnership between Utica College and the Utica City School District. Founded in 1993, the program is designed to provide a first-rate educational experience to diverse and talented students while motivating them to stay in school, earn a New York State Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation, and pursue post-secondary education.

For more information about YSLPP, visit http://www.utica.edu/academic/yslpp/.

About Utica College – Utica College, founded in 1946, is a comprehensive private institution offering bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees. The College, located in upstate central New York, approximately 90 miles west of Albany and 50 miles east of Syracuse, currently enrolls more than 5,000 students in 38 undergraduate majors, 31 minors, 21 graduate programs and a number of pre-professional and special programs.

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