Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES

Successful Journey

From the beginning, Mary Desiato was told that her son, Joe, would have limitations. Born with cerebral palsy, the doctors told her that he would probably never walk on his own. Not content with that prognosis, Mary and her husband Patrick vowed to find a way to do what was best for their son.

In fourth grade, Donna Tebo, a consultant teacher with Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES, was assigned to work with Joe. She quickly saw his potential and became a much-valued member of his team, working with him through his senior year.

“Throughout the years, we have encountered people who have made assumptions about Joe’s academic abilities based on his physical limitations, and having the support of the team from BOCES 2 and some key teachers and administrators has made all the difference,” says Mary Desiato.

Last year, Joe graduated from RIT with a bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management and a minor in Web Design and Development. He is grateful to the BOCES 2 team for all of the support he has received throughout his journey.

Related Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES News Stories

  • Taking the Lead, Making a Difference Continue Reading »

    Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES - Taking the Lead, Making a Difference

    Students from BOCES 2 Alternative High School (AHS) joined nearly 300 other youth leaders from more than 35 area high schools for the annual ROC2Change Student Summit on Race. The Summit’s student-driven conference to increase mutual understanding and respect around the subject of race was held in November 2016.

    Participating students included Michael Garcia of Gates Chili, James King of Greece, Re'Naisha Williams from the Rochester City School District and Elijah Wilson from East Rochester. Wilson noted that several videos shown at the Summit, including one about “labeling” people, evoked strong reactions from attendees. “We shared how we felt about the issues, and we didn’t all agree. We had to try to understand different viewpoints.”

     “Our kids took the opportunity to step way out of their comfort zones in order to make a positive change to their community,” said AHS Student Behavioral Assistant Michael Nabors, who mentored the group. 

  • Applying Science Concepts in CTE Classrooms Continue Reading »

    Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES - Applying Science Concepts in CTE Classrooms

    Science, math, English and core academics that students learn at their home districts are important pieces of career and technical education curriculum. A recent lesson in auto body and collision repair technology is a great example of that.

    WEMOCO Teacher Dan Boyler worked with Science Instructional Specialist Stephen Thorndike to create a science lesson that integrated chemistry and English, along with problem-solving and critical thinking.

    Students were presented with beakers of multiple solvents and were instructed to test the pH of each of them. After doing so, the students used those solvents to try and remove salt, coffee, pen and grease from various materials found in a car – carpet, floor mat, upholstery and vinyl.

    Additionally, students tested different surfactants and emulsifiers to determine how well they chemically combine different chemicals with water.

    To conclude the lesson on day two, students used English skills to make a claim regarding a solvent and defend that claim with the information they gathered from the experiment. 

  • Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES Builds Confidence Continue Reading »

    Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES - Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES Builds Confidence

    A school field trip gets students out of the classroom to learn. But an outing by the Department for Exceptional Children’s Communications and Social Skills (CaSS) program got students out of their classroom - and their comfort zones – in a good way.

    Students traveled to the Camp Arrowhead ropes course in Pittsford to experience and overcome physical obstacles and participate in problem-solving and team-building activities as a group.

    Students responded with enthusiasm. Many who are very shy came out of their shells to pull their weight in all group activities.

    Those who have difficulty dealing with close physical proximity overcame that discomfort, even touching one another at times to accomplish group tasks.

    This first-of-its-kind trip was coordinated by the CaSS teachers, supervisors and administrators as a way to challenge and engage students in a new way to help them overcome cognitive and behavioral limitations they may face.

    The CaSS program focuses on developing communication and social skills while maintaining academic strengths through standards-based curriculum for junior high students and Regents-based curriculum for high school students.

Connect with Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES Visit District Site

preload preload