If you are 18 years old or older, dropped out of high school and decided to pursue a high school equivalency certificate in Glens Falls during the day, chances are Shazima Gillani will be your instructor.
She’s the new adult literacy instructor for the WSWHE BOCES TASC program, teaching on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
TASC is an acronym for Test Assessing Secondary Completion. It’s the new GED in New York State.
Providing open communication and creating a bond with her students, Mrs. Gillani said of her new position, “I love it. I have the opportunity to work with a variety of different level students. I’m constantly assessing and changing my teaching methods and using different strategies for student success.”
In addition to teaching content, Mrs. Gillani assists students in preparing for the TASC exam, which is given on a quarterly basis, pointing out that one of the things students need to be aware of is how much time they spend on a question.
Mrs. Gillani has years of experience in education. She was a teaching assistant, substitute taught for 10 years, taught an after-school program and in a library.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in childhood education grades 1-6, English grades 7-12 from Stony Brook University, a master’s degree in literacy from the SUNY Plattsburgh and has almost finished getting her special education certificate from the College of Saint Rose.
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