Weekly Feature

2010-12-01 / Local News

BOCES honors resident for 25 years of teaching


Schreiber Schreiber It takes a specific type of person to teach special education. Just ask Elizabeth A. Schreiber.

The Kenmore resident has spent the last 25 years working with students who learn on a different curve than the “average” student.

“I wouldn’t still be doing it if I didn’t love it. It’s a lot of hard work,” said Schreiber adding that she “absolutely” made the right choice when selecting education as a career.

Schreiber has been dedicated to instructing students in the Exceptional Education Division at Erie 1 BOCES — something she envisioned herself doing since she was in grammar school.

A native of Williamsville, Schreiber, now 53, said it was her first-grade teacher at SS. Peter and Paul School in Williamsville who influenced her decision to become a teacher.

“I loved her to pieces,” said Schreiber. who noted that when this teacher asked the class to write a story about what the students wanted to be when they grew up, she knew exactly what she was going to write about: becoming a teacher.

“I’ve always liked working with people, especially those who may have needed some extra help,” said Schreiber. “Teaching special education is very rewarding. I love watching the [students] grow and develop skills so they can be successful.”

Schreiber, a graduate of Williamsville South High School, received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Buffalo State College. She began her career with Erie 1 BOCES in September 1984 as a classroom teacher in the Exceptional Education program. She taught multiply handicapped students from 1984 until 1996. She then taught a different type of special education class until 2005, when she was named coordinator of the Basic Employment Skills Training Program. Prior to working for Erie 1 BOCES, she was a classroom teacher for five years at Our Lady of Victory School in Lackawanna.

Her more than two decades of developing young minds was recently recognized by the Erie 1 BOCES staff who honored her with a 25 Years of Service award.

“I have no plans to retire anytime soon. I enjoy what I do too much to retire,” Schreiber said.

(Story ideas for this feature can be sent to Darlene M. Donohue, Ken-Ton Bee editor, Bee Publications, 5564 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14221 or call 204-4920.)

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