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Orange-Ulster BOCES CTE instructor honored by the New York State Association of Career and Technical Education

OU BOCES cosmetology instructor Brenda Moore, third from left,  holds her award with administrators
  • Career & Technical Education
OU BOCES cosmetology instructor Brenda Moore

Orange-Ulster BOCES Career and Technical Education cosmetology instructor Brenda Moore has been named the New York State Association of Career and Technical Education (NYSACTE) 2024 Teacher of the Year.

As a James I. O’Neill High School student, Brenda completed the OU BOCES CTE cosmetology program in 1993 and was named the New York State Vocational Education Student of the Year. Four years later, after gaining industry experience and a college degree, Brenda returned to teach OU BOCES. Now in her 27th year of teaching Cosmetology, Brenda is even more passionate about CTE.

“When I was a student in our cosmetology program, I knew that I wanted to come back as a teacher,” Brenda said. “My teachers inspired and motivated me to follow that dream. I still love what I do all of these years later. I am honored and humbled to be chosen as the recipient of this award.”

In addition to teaching, Brenda is the team leader for the CTE Appearance Academy and continues to work in her own salon. Brenda is a former examiner/assistant supervisor for the NYS Cosmetology & Nail Specialty Practical Licensing examinations.  She has also mentored new teachers and has served as a master teacher for student teachers.

“Without hesitation, you could not recognize a more devoted, compassionate, and highly talented educator,” CTE principal Eugene Hewitt said. “Brenda’s singular impact and influence on her academy and her students has been immeasurable. Her students’ overwhelming success and her program’s growth are a testament to her dedication to the Division of CTE and Orange-Ulster BOCES.”

One of her former students, Angela Tommasi, described Brenda as passionate and devoted.

“Of all the teachers I’ve had and worked with, Brenda is among the most inspiring and driven,” said Ms. Tommasi, who currently works as Brenda’s occupational aide at OU BOCES. “Her expertise in cosmetology is a huge asset that leads to success with countless students’ lives.”