NY’s teacher of the year honored in Washington

WASHINGTON D.C. (WIVB) – Outstanding teachers were recognized Thursday at the White House, and one of them is from Western New York.

President Obama welcomed the National Teacher of the Year finalists, including Lewiston-Porter Senior High School’s Ashli Skura Dreher.

Dreher teaches special education teacher at Lewiston-Porter, and she has been named New York State’s 2014 Teacher of the Year. Her classroom includes students with Cerebral Palsy, Autism, and Down syndrome. She teaches them not only academics, but daily living skills they’ll need as adults.

At the White House, President Obama thanked her and all of the finalists for their hard work. He said teachers and coaches are important sources of encouragement and support, and that behind just about every successful person, you’ll find dedicated teachers.

“That’s what great teachers do. They set us on a better path, and they do it even though we ask so much of them,” President Obama said during the White House ceremony. “Today is a chance to thank not just the teachers on this stage, but teachers all across the country.”

News 4 spoke to Dreher after the ceremony, who said, “If you have a teacher that has impacted your life, send them a note, let them know, because teaching is what we do because it’s from the heart and I think it’s wonderful if this week for teacher recognition week, everyone remembers teachers that influenced their lives.”

The winner of National Teacher of the Year was Maryland English Teacher Sean McComb.

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