Like many literacy instructors, Krista Conrick began teaching adults by accident. She started working with BOCES Adult Education when her mother-in-law told her about an aide vacancy. Later, when an instructor position became available, she began teaching her own class. She was hooked. That was in 1991.
“Adult students are so much fun to teach!” Krista says. “They are in class because they want to be. They love to learn and often make big changes in their lives as a result of school. Helping them as they grow is an amazing experience. I can’t imagine a better job.”
Teaching in the TASC program (formerly GED®) is definitely challenging. Instructors handle five subject areas and manage classes with multiple ability levels. It’s a lot like an old-fashioned one-room schoolhouse, very challenging. The system works well, though. Instructors develop individualized study plans for each student. Then students work at their own pace along with teacher assistance and the support of their classmates. Krista makes sure that the atmosphere in her class is stress-free and fun.
Krista’s class meets on Monday and Wednesday nights in Glens Falls. She also oversees BOCES’ Adult Literacy as Program Manager. Outside of BOCES, Krista takes care of her elderly mother and enjoys catching some quality time with her two grown children.