SoBRO teacher Beda T. Vergara wins Literary Assistance Center’s Literacy Recognition Award
SoBRO teacher Beda T. Vergara has been awarded the Literary Assistance Center’s Literacy Recognition Award. The Literacy Recognition Award honors the outstanding contributions of practitioners in the field of literacy, recognizing hardworking and innovative teachers, counselors, tutors, staff, volunteers, and program managers. Honorees are selected by a committee composed of literacy professionals, previous Recognition Award recipients, and representatives of the staff of the Literary Assistance center. It will be presented to Mr. Vergara at the Literary Assistance Center’s Twenty-Sixth Annual Literacy Recognition Awards Ceremony on Thursday June 16, 2011. The ceremony will begin at 10:00 A.M. in the Scholastic Inc. Auditorium, 557 Broadway, 2nd floor.
The Literacy Assistance Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and promoting the expansion of quality literacy services in New York.
Mr. Vergara was one of the five teachers honored at the 2007 New York Times ESOL Teacher of the Year Award Ceremony. He has thirty-six years of successful teaching experience and twenty-two of those years were spent teaching English as a Second Language. He is fluent in Tagalog, and conversational in Cambodian, Spanish, and Lao. Many of his lessons incorporate instruction in Civics to help students integrate themselves into American culture. His students enjoy above average educational gains and attendance rates. He has been teaching at SoBRO for eleven years.