Deborah spent the early part of her career teaching high school in the Palmyra-Macedon Central School District. She then went on to the Finger Lakes UCP-Happiness House for 13 years as a preschool special education teacher and ended her tenure as the administrator of the Head Start, daycare, and special needs programs.
Some of her other positions included: Arc of Yates (currently Mozaic)-Keuka Lake School. Administrator, 21 years for the special education, Pre-K, and daycare program.
Her professional focus has been on implementing quality early education programs for young children with and without disabilities.
Peter Kozik received his Ph.D. in Teaching and Curriculum from Syracuse University in 2008. He served for nine years as Project Coordinator for the New York Higher Education Support Center for Systems Change and Chairperson of the Task Force on Quality Inclusive Schooling, a consortium of 75 NYS colleges and universities with teacher preparation programs interested in advancing the inclusion of students with disabilities through professional development and partnerships.
Prior to that, he has served as a school principal PK – 12 and as a CSE Chairperson and Title 1 Coordinator. He has taught English Language Arts at all levels from 4th grade to graduate school as well as Mathematics and Social Sciences to adults in search of their GED. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Education Division at Keuka College where he teaches courses in Adolescent Methods (Biology, Social Studies, English Language Arts, and Mathematics), Assessment, and Special Education Systems at the undergraduate level, and Professional Leadership for Literacy and Writing K-12 at the graduate level.
Klaudia Lorinczova, a native of Slovakia, has been in the field of Education for several decades. Her career began as a secondary level English as a Foreign language teacher, teaching grades 8-12. She moved to United States in 2004 to pursue a degree in Literacy and Language Development adding elementary education to her experience, with focus on first grade. Working with teachers and teacher candidates has been a life-long dream and a very rewarding career. Classroom is an absolute comfort zone for her. She speaks six languages (Slovak, Czech, Hungarian, Russian, German, and English) and uses her linguistic knowledge in her courses with focus on Literacy and English Language Learners. Ask her junior/senior students about "lodka" and you will get a story about them having to sit through a lesson she teaches in her native Slovak language to demonstrate how ELLs feel in an English language classroom.