FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WATERTOWN, NY; January 14, 2020 — WPBS, Watertown’s PBS Station, is pleased to welcome Celeste Oppito to the station filling the role of: Manager, Education & Lifelong Learning Partnerships and Services. Celeste holds a BA in Early Childhood and Childhood Education from SUNY Potsdam, as well as a Master’s in Education with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction. Celeste also minored in Outdoor Education, which makes for a perfect fit for our two-station nation.
“I am so excited to be here,” said Celeste Oppito. “I grew up watching WPBS. To be able to say I now work here is pretty amazing.”
Celeste will take on the responsibility of facilitating WPBS’s renewed commitment to education through the promotion of GPS for Success SM, a collaborative program developed in partnership between Jefferson-Lewis BOCES, the Northern New York Community Foundation, and WPBS. GPS for Success SM assists students and young adults in Northern New York with becoming career-ready. She will also lead WPBS’ School Service Committee; an ongoing collaboration among local school districts, coordinate the development of learning materials and curriculum for educators, parents, and the community, and act as a liaison between the station, community partners, and National PBS Educational Initiatives. In addition, Celeste will also coordinate the outreach and scheduling for other local education initiatives like Whiz Quiz, the High School Holiday Concert, PBS Teacherline, and may other children’s events in the region.
“WPBS is beyond pleased to have Celeste here,” said WPBS-TV President and General Manager, Mark Prasuhn. “Education is the center of everything we do. Celeste brings a fresh perspective an new energy on education that will help us continue to serve the many stakeholders and communities in the North Country.”
WPBS is a PBS station serving approximately 650,000 households throughout Northern New York and Eastern Ontario via cable, satellite, Internet and over-the-air distribution. WPBS is a non-profit organization whose mission is to educate, entertain and inform its audience through superior local and national content and media engagement, in order to enhance the lives of those it serves.
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