57-year old Guyanese Native Goes Back To School

For Bridget Liebson, helping her 9-year-old granddaughter with her homework is kind of a big deal.

Having grown up in Guyana, the Malta woman never graduated from high school and wasn’t able to help her granddaughter, one of three, until recently.

For just over a year, Liebson, 57, has been taking classes toward earning her high school equivalency certificate through the Capital Region BOCES Adult Education program. She is on track to graduate next year.

Liebson said,

“She’s (the granddaughter) talking about scientific notation, and I’m doing that at school. I never heard about scientific notation when I was younger. I didn’t know about the presidency or electoral votes. Because I am from Guyana, I never knew that.”

Tarin Bready, BOCES’ adult education vocational case manager, said Liebsen is an exemplary student who has made impressive progress in the program, especially considering English is her second language. Capital Region BOCES graduates about 85 adult learners per year between its English as a New Language and high school equivalency programs.

“She’s pretty amazing,” Bready said. “She came back to school after a long absence, and when she joined with us, she immediately let us know that she wants to get her diploma. She wants to show her family that she can and give her grandchildren something to strive for.”

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