“This is the first time they have enjoyed learning,” said Frank Finch, an adult literacy instructor, when describing his experience helping adult students study for the TASC exam.
TASC is an acronym for Test Assessing Secondary Completion. It’s the new GED in New York State.
Frank began working for the WSWHE BOCES TASC program at the beginning of the 2014-15 School Year. “I love it and we’ve seen great results,” he said.
He works with students on Tuesday and Thursday evenings in Glens Falls and at the Saratoga County Jail on Saturday mornings.
Establishing a bond with his students by sharing a laugh with them along with helping them to relax and take risks are a few of the tactics he uses in the classroom. “I do whatever I can to get them to learn and enjoy it,” said Mr. Finch. “I think education is empowering, especially for the older students.” He teaches students from 18 years old to 50 and older. Frank creates a learning family atmosphere where he acts as a coach inspiring them to keep going. “With half of them, it’s a confidence issue. They need a confidence boost.” Students work individually, with a partner, and as a team.
While Mr. Finch runs a successful financial advising practice during the day, at night you’ll find him teaching. In addition to teaching for the TASC exam, he also teaches financial planning classes in a college setting and in nearly a dozen suburban high schools in the Saratoga-Albany area.
Frank has years of experience in the education world. An advocate for life-long learning, he earned a graduate degree in education and taught social studies at Fayetteville-Manlius and Vernon-Verona-Sherrill School Districts. Mr. Finch was included in “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.” He was the director of Education Services International in Asia and the Mediterranean and was a college instructor in Illinois, where he pursued additional graduate study in the social sciences while on a fellowship at the University of Illinois.
A native of Queensbury, and resident of Saratoga Springs, Frank likes to hit the gym daily, ski, travel, Latin dance, serves as a trustee for the Shriners, and is past Area Governor for Toastmasters International.
Adult Literacy classes are offered in two locations. Daytime and evening classes are offered in Glens Falls at 11 South Street, Suite 105 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m.-1p.m. or from 5-8:30 p.m. Daytime and evening classes are offered at the F. Donald Myers Education Center, 15 Henning Road, Saratoga Springs from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. There are two evening class options: Either Mondays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. plus home study work or the same time and day plus a Thursday night computer lab from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
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