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Taylor Of Byfield To Receive Clarkson University Teaching Award
Clarkson University senior Elizabeth Glass of Manchester, Mass., credits much of her academic success to Triton Regional High School natural sciences teacher David Taylor of Byfield. Glass nominated Jones for Clarkson's Inspirational High School Teaching Award, which he will receive during Clarkson's upcoming Commencement Weekend Activities, May 16-17.
“As a teacher, he never prejudges students, regardless of what he has heard about them,” Glass said. “He has made me feel I’m competent and capable of expanding my interest in wildlife rehabilitation. I have had the opportunity to rehabilitate an amazing array of orphaned or injured creatures: squirrels, an opossum, a crow, robins, a great horned owl, sparrows, swallows, a raven, and even a barn owl. He had no obligation to keep me involved after I finished his Natural Science class. However, he kept me posted on wildlife happenings and a year later approached me with a project: to raise a baby barn owl so future classes could use it as an educational animal. The owl’s wings had been injured in such a way it would never be able to fly. I was able to acclimate the owl, Harceas, to being in close contact with humans, and eventually she was taken on talks to local third graders.
“Dave sparked my interest in wildlife in a way that I will never forget. Nor can I ever thank him enough,” she added.
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: Taylor; 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.; Gary Jones, English teacher at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School in Burnt Hills, N.Y.; and Robert Lavoie, social studies/economics/government teacher at St. Regis Falls Central
School in St. Regis Falls, N.Y.