Albany High's Dales named 'Top Teacher'
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
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.
right, Dales talks to WNYT's Elaine Houston on the Albany High stage.
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
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.
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