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Jones Of Ballston Lake To Receive Clarkson University Teaching Award

POTSDAM, N.Y. -- Clarkson University senior Ryan Henry of Charlton, N.Y., credits much of his academic success to Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School English teacher Gary Jones of Ballston Lake, N.Y. Henry nominated Jones for Clarkson's Inspirational High School Teaching Award, which he will receive during Clarkson's upcoming Commencement Weekend Activities, May 16-17.

“In his class an answer was never a wrong — as long as the student was able to support it,” said Henry. “He defended equal opportunity and encouraged shy students to speak out. I remember one day when, through the low roar of a heated debate, a faint voice was heard from the back of the classroom. I had never heard the voice before. Mr. Jones immediately halted all other discussion and encouraged this girl to further participate. She did and the class stopped debating and simply accepted her solution.

“He taught me I could do anything I put my mind to. At Clarkson, I have been president of our student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers. I can honestly say that my role as a leader and motivator would not have been possible for me without the values and dedication that were instilled nearly four years earlier by Mr. Jones,” added Henry.

For the tenth year in a row, Clarkson University will recognize some of the exceptional teachers who have influenced the lives of Clarkson students. Five people who taught members of Clarkson's class of 1998 will receive the Inspirational High School Teaching Award. 

In the early spring, Clarkson seniors are asked to nominate the high school teacher that they feel most influenced their lives and helped shape their education and career choices.  Five educators were then chosen from the nominations to receive this award. 
The selections for the award are based on information and insights provided by the students on the nomination form.  The information includes the reasons for choosing this particular teacher, how the teacher influenced the student, and an actual situation in which the teacher demonstrated characteristics of an outstanding educator.

The five recipients of this year's award are: Jones; Nancy Chant, English/Advance Placement English teacher at Scotia-Glenville High School in Scotia, N.Y.; Paulette Fry, mathematics teacher at Cincinnatus Central School in Cincinnatus, N.Y.; Robert Lavoie, social studies/economics/government teacher at St. Regis Falls Central School in St. Regis Falls, NY; and David Taylor, natural science teacher at Triton Regional High School in Byfield, Mass.

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