For Immediate Release
Contact: Kristin Tutino, (585) 258-0253

WXXI BIDS FAREWELL TO HOMEWORK HOTLINE HOST GEORGE WOLFE

(Rochester, New York) May 11, 2005 – After 15 years on the set of WXXI-produced HomeworkHotline, George Wolfe will host his final show on Thursday, May 12 at 5:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV 21 (cable 11).  Wolfe, who was one of the original hosts of Homework Hotline when the program premiered in 1990, will be leaving the show and his teaching position at Wilson Magnet High School to start a magnet school for math and science for Loudoun County Public Schools in Virginia.

Students in grades five through 12 across New York State have come to depend on Homework Hotline for help with homework questions in math, science, geography, English and language arts. Produced by WXXI Public Broadcasting and broadcast on PBS stations across New York State, Wolfe co-hosts the program with master teacher Carol Smith, Joe Zuniga and Sherri Armstrong. Homework Hotline supports New York State’s education curriculum by closely adhering to the New York State Learning Standards.

Wolfe, who has taught in the City School District more than 20 years, teaches biology and physical sciences at Wilson Magnet High School. In 2004 he was inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame. The award, presented to only five teachers a year, is given to those who have demonstrated commitment and dedication to teaching children.

Wolfe is already nationally known for writing a series of high school labs using a parasitic wasp, an organism used in genetics experiments. He has received other awards for teaching excellence including the 2002 Radio Shack National Teacher Award, 2002 Amherst College Zebediah Swift Excellence in Teaching Award and the 1999 University of Rochester Excellence in Secondary School Teaching Award. In 2001 Wolfe won a $10,000 Science Teaching Award, administered by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and sponsored by Shell Oil.

A 1970 graduate of Brockport High School, Wolfe graduated from SUNY Brockport in 1974 with a bachelor’s degree in biology. He has taught science for 27 years, beginning his professional career in the Peace Corps in 1974 with an assignment in Zaire, Africa. He has taught in Rochester since 1984.

Homework Hotline has received numerous awards with Wolfe as host including the 2004 New York State Broadcasters Association (NYSBA) Award for the Best Program or Series designed for children, Bronze Telly in 1999, a New York State Emmy and the Silver Apple Award from the National Educational Film and Video Festival in 1993 and the National Parents’ Choice Gold Medal in 1992.

WXXI will work with the Rochester City School District and Rochester Teachers Association Dial-A-Teacher to find a replacement host ready to greet Homework Hotline’s young audience in September. Homework Hotline is funded by New York State United Teachers (NYSUT).

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