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05-04-2000

Kaye Of Otter Lake To Receive Clarkson University Inspirational High School Teaching Award

POTSDAM, N.Y. -- Discipline is an important ingredient in a learning environment.  Clarkson University senior Brenda M. Brownell appreciated such order when she was a student in Loretta Kaye’s math class at Town of Webb School in Old Forge, N.Y.

The civil engineering major nominated Kaye, who resides in Otter Lake, N.Y., for the Clarkson University Inspirational High School Teaching Award, which she will receive during commencement weekend, May 13-14.

“One of the reasons Mrs. Kaye is an exceptional teacher is because there is always order in her classroom,” says Brownell, of Inlet, N.Y. “She has specific rules and students know they cannot get away with anything they are not supposed to be doing.  In teaching math, she makes everything clear and easy to understand.

“I did well in calculus at Clarkson because Mrs. Kaye had done such an excellent job teaching me and because she gave me a sense of respect for college.  She cares about her students and is interested in making their lives better.”

For the eleventh consecutive year, 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 2000 will receive the Inspirational High School Teaching Award.

In 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.

Award selections 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.

Clarkson University is an independent institution located in northern New York, in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains.  The University has 2,902 graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in programs in its schools of Business, Engineering, Liberal Arts, and Science, and its Interdisciplinary Engineering and Management program.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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