Oct. 11, 2012

Alumnus Gregory Ahlquist Named New York State Teacher of the Year


GENESEO, N.Y. - Gregory Ahlquist, a 1995 graduate of SUNY Geneseo who now teaches at Webster Thomas High School in Webster, has been named the 2013 New York State Teacher of the Year. The New York State Board of Regents made the announcement Oct. 10 in Albany.

Ahlquist has been teaching in the Webster Central School District for 12 years, where he serves as lead teacher for the entire advanced placement program at Webster Thomas. He teaches AP world history and AP European history and also has taught humanities and an elective on the Holocaust.

"This award couldn't have gone to a more deserving alumnus, and he has my highest regard," said Geneseo President Christopher C. Dahl. "He epitomizes the liberally educated person, the scholarly and engaged teacher, and the ideal of service to the community and sets a tremendous example of what secondary education should be."

Alquist received his bachelor's degree in history with a minor in Medieval studies from Geneseo, where he also has been an adjunct lecturer in humanities, history and Latin for 14 years. He also earned a master's degree in Medieval history from Syracuse University.

"Teachers like Gregory Ahlquist give selflessly to their students and communities every day," said Department of Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. "Great teachers help make great students, and Gregory is one of those great teachers. Our goal is to make sure every student graduates ready for college and careers. His unwavering dedication to teaching and learning moves his students closer to that goal."

The State Teacher of the Year Program is sponsored by the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT); The United Federation of Teachers (UFT); The New York State Congress of Parents and Teachers (NYSPTA); the New York State Association for School and Curriculum Development (NYSASCD); The New York State School Board Association (NYSSBA); The School Administrators Association of New York State (SAANYS); The New York State Association of Teacher Educators (NYSATE); The New York Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (NYACTE); ING Financial Services, Inc.; the Smarter Kids Foundation; SMART Technologies; and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The program is run in conjunction with the National Teacher of the Year Program, sponsored by CCSSO.



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Bill Cook wrote:

Other than sheer joy, my first thought upon hearing of Greg's award was, what took those folks in Albany so long to discover Greg? A few weeks ago, Greg spoke to the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle about the joy a teacher experiences when he/she sees a student develop and use all his/her potential; Greg was talking about a student of his who now works for NASA. I wrote Greg to tell him that now he understands how I feel about him. I took Greg to Italy, supervised his senior honors thesis, and co-authored an article with him. I once wrote in a letter of recommendation for him that my only disappointment is that Greg is not teaching social studies to my kids. Now Greg has an expanded fan club and audience. I know that he will use it to promote liberal learning at all levels. I toast him with my Diet Pepsi.

Posted Oct. 30, 2012 @ 5:29 pm

Emi Okada wrote:

I had his humanities class last summer at Geneseo and I immensely enjoyed it. I loved it that he ran classes by asking us questions and making us think on our own and discuss with other students, rather than by just giving a long lecture. It was really a deep class and everything we read became more interesting because of the class discussions. This experience will forever impact my way of reading texts. I feel lucky to have met such a great teacher. I think he really deserves this award and I truly congratulate him.

Posted Oct. 29, 2012 @ 8:05 pm