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Nazareth College is proud to announce that Dr. Naomi Erdmann, director of Graduate Literacy Programs, was awarded the Lifetime Commitment to Children and Education Award at the Rochester Education Foundation’s 6th Annual Partnership Awards Dinner. The Rochester Education Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the Rochester city schools system through providing resources and support to both educators and students in need.
Commemorated as one of six nominees, Erdmann is the only nominee to receive the Lifetime Commitment to Children and Education Award. She was recognized at the reception hosted by Monroe Community College President Dr. Anne Kress, Major Thomas Richards, and Interim Superintendent Dr. Bolgen Vargas.
Erdmann’s commitment to promoting literacy is evident through her work at Nazareth College as well as in the Rochester community. As the Director of Graduate Literacy Programs at Nazareth College, Erdmann also runs the Marie Callahan Reading Clinic for children at the college and has trained generations of literacy educators. In addition to her work in literacy at Nazareth College, Erdmann serves as an advocate for the children of Rochester, with particular interest in School 9, a Rochester city school which she helped remove from the special state list of schools in need of assistance. Erdmann’s passion for helping children through literacy is reflected in her statement, “Kids need to know that you care”.
Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is located on a close-knit, suburban campus in the dynamic, metropolitan region of Rochester, N.Y. The College offers challenging academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in health and human services, education, and management. Nazareth's strong cultures of service and community prepare students to be successful professionals and engaged citizens. The College enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students.