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Veteran Educator Becomes Star Pupil at Rockland Graduate Campus of Long Island University

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Hudson Graduate Center at Rockland,
Long Island University

Orangeburg, N.Y. – Over the course of her career as a teacher at Berkeley Avenue Elementary School in Westwood, N.J., Christine Daly has taught many students with special needs, some formally designated as special education students, others not.

Wishing to serve them better, and developing an interest in becoming a full-time special education teacher, Daly enrolled in the special education master's degree program at the Rockland Graduate Campus of Long Island University.

The teacher-turned-pupil excelled, and will graduate on May 17 with a perfect 4.0 grade point average and the Special Education Achievement Award.

“I loved it,” she said of her experience at the Orangeburg campus. “I always knew that I was going to go the Rockland Graduate Campus. It was just a matter of when I was going to start. I loved the classes, I loved the teachers, I had a wonderful experience.”

Daly cited the academic counseling she received and the campus' small classes, which enabled her to get to know her professors and fellow students. She spent three years studying part-time earning her degree and has applied for New Jersey state certification in special education.

And what of her own students? Will they now be expected to earn the elementary school equivalent of a 4.0? “The only thing I request of my students is that they try their best,” Daly said.

One hundred forty-seven graduate students will take part in the Rockland Graduate Campus' 20th annual commencement exercises. The commencement address will be delivered by Mary Ann Walsh-Tozer, Rockland County Commissioner of Mental Health.

The Rockland Graduate Campus, an independent, co-educational, graduate institution of higher learning, has awarded more than 3,000 degrees in its 27-year history. Rockland County's premier provider of master's degree programs for adults, offers graduate study in business administration, education, pharmacy, health administration, public administration, gerontology, non-profit management, mental health counseling, school counseling and school leadership. Courses are offered in late afternoons, evenings and on weekends to afford working students an opportunity to balance their educational objectives with family and business demands.

For more information visit www.liu.edu/rockland or call (845) 359-7200, extension 5414.

Posted 05/09/2007

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