Pavilion Teacher Receives Award from Genesee Community College Students

Betsy Collins, a Pre-K teacher at Pavilion Central School, received the first ever Partners in Education Award from students in Genesee Community College's Teacher Education program. Students in the program nominated teachers as a way to recognize not only the important work teachers do in individual classrooms, but also the tremendous mentoring service they provide for future teachers.

Pavilion Central School District, along with many other area school districts, generously provides students in Genesee's Teacher Education program with valuable field observation placements that are instrumental in helping students transition into the field of education.

"The mentorship students receive in these teachers' classrooms provides a relevant real-life experience that not only helps our pre-service teachers learn and practice valuable skills but also assists them in formalizing their decision and commitment to becoming a teacher," said Christine Belongia, Genesee's Teacher Education program coordinator. "We are so grateful to each and every teacher who generously opens his or her classroom to our students. The educational benefit is immeasurable!"

Genesee Community College Teacher Education Transfer Program graduate Kellie Pangrazio, along with Olivia Isabel Pangrazio, a new graduate of the Pre-K program at Pavilion school, was on hand to present the award to Pre-K teacher Betsy Collins.

"Mrs. Collins was my teacher and I love her," said Olivia, who is excited about attending Kindergarten this fall. "I liked when we read and when we all played together at school." This was the first year for Pavilion's Pre-K program and Mrs. Collins is very pleased to announce that Pavilion will be expanding their Pre-K program in the coming academic year.

For more information about Genesee Community College's Teacher Education Program, contact Christine Belongia at 585-343-0055 x6278 or by email at