August 1, 2013
“To guide someone along the way is a privilege I cherish.” – Kathy Getto
Kathy Getto, a Bishop State Community College Adult Education instructor, was recently named Alabama’s “Adult Education Teacher of the Year.” The award was presented at the Alabama Association for Public Continuing and Adult Education (ALAPCAE) awards luncheon held in Birmingham, Alabama, on July 11, 2013. Getto was selected over other nominees from across the state based on her years of service, dedication, love of teaching, and success as an Adult Education Instructor.
Bishop State Adult Education Director Akareem Spears submitted Getto’s name as a nominee based on her “exceedingly strong commitment to improving student learning outcomes, and her overall personal effectiveness as an adult education professional.” She was also selected for her work ethics, positive attitude, and for being a strong advocate for student success.
A full-time adult education instructor, Getto has 13 years of adult education experience and is the primary assessment instructor for the Bishop State Adult Education Program. She administers the TABE (Tests of Adult Basic Education) Locator and pre-test batteries for over 90% of the students who enroll in the Bishop State Program. She has assessed more than 10,000 individuals, and is the lead teacher at the program’s largest site, which is Theodore High School. She is who we consider the “The Keeper of Adult Education Knowledge at Bishop State,” said Spears. “Mrs. Getto is by far one of the most positive and influential leaders in the Bishop State Program. Her willingness to serve and positive attitude are invaluable in terms of meeting state and federal goals,” Spears said. “She is truly an example of a servant leader as she works everyday to improve the lives of students in our area. I am certain her professional abilities and dedication to the field of adult education made her an excellent candidate for Teacher of the Year,” he said.
Getto grew up on Long Island, N.Y. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Arts, and received a teaching certification (K-8th grade) upon graduation. Married with three children, Getto has always believed early intervention is the key to fostering a love of reading, exploration, creativity and critical thinking. Coming out of retirement, Getto said she once again found her niche, and has been with the Adult Education program since the fall of 2000.
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