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Albany High's Dales named 'Top Teacher'

ALBANY, N.Y. (March 26, 2015) -- Albany High School theater-arts teacher Ward Dales has been selected by WNYT/Ch. 13 as a Top Teacher in the Capital Region.

 

He is one of 13 of the area's best this school year, chosen from among more than 200 nominated.

 

“If you don’t reach the students, the academics are useless. And Ward finds a way to reach his students. He shares with them his authentic self. By doing so, he inspires them, involves them and invites them to participate in their own learning, their own lives,” wrote one of the several people who nominated Dales for the award.

 

At right, Dales talks to WNYT's Elaine Houston on the Albany High stage. Click here to see the video of that interview, which aired March 25.

 

In addition to his teaching load, Dales is executive director of Albany High’s award-winning Theatre Ensemble. The group presented “Annie” March 19-22 and in the past performed diverse shows ranging from “Chicago” to “The Identity Project.” He also created the after-school theater program, where students receive credit for their work as playwrights, technicians and performers.

 

Another of Dales’ projects is the Promising Playwrights Festival, where he guides students in writing their own plays and films. This year’s festival will be held May 28-31; stay tuned for details.

 

Although he just finished one play, he’s on to fundraising for future Albany High theater productions. Save the date – May 2 from 7-9 p.m. at Taste in downtown Albany. Click here for more information or to buy tickets.

 

Congratulations, Mr. Dales!

 

The mission of the City School District of Albany is to educate and prepare all students for college and career, citizenship and life, in partnership with our diverse community. The district serves more than 9,000 students in 15 elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as well as other innovative academic opportunities for students, including four themed academies at Albany High School.

         
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