Niagara University alumna Allison Turck is pictured with her fourth grade 'Niagara University' class at Success Academy Crown Heights in Brooklyn (each classroom at the school is named after the teacher's alma mater). The students are shown are displaying the Valentine's Day cards they wrote to Turck's brother, who’s serving in Afghanistan.

Allison Turck, a 2016 Niagara University graduate, recently won Success Academy Charter Schools’ Academic Achievement Award, which recognizes the teachers who inspired their scholars to perform at the highest academic level across all 41 Success Academy schools.

Turck, originally of Queensbury, N.Y., earned an undergraduate degree in elementary education and special education from NU. She currently teaches fourth grade at Success Academy Crown Heights in Brooklyn, N.Y.

“I had always known that my future would be in education,” Turck said. “Niagara University prepared me for a teaching career by getting me into classrooms as early as my first semester. The field experience hours that I put in before student teaching taught me more than any class could have. My favorite course was my children’s literature class. I read a variety of books, ranging from Dr. Seuss to Harry Potter. I became more in love with books and I decided to minor in literacy. I want to bring that same love of literature to my students.”

Founded in 2006, Success Academy Charter Schools are free public K-12 schools open to all children in the state through a random lottery. With 41 schools across Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan, and Queens, Success Academy enrolls 14,000 students, primarily low-income children of color in disadvantaged neighborhoods. Success Academy schools received more than 20,000 applications for about 3,200 open seats this year. For more information, go to Successacademies.org.

Niagara University’s College of Education offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs in several fields of study. It holds accreditations in the United States and Ontario, Canada. To learn more, please call 716.286.8560 or visit www.niagara.edu/education.