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Imhoff Of Williamson Receives Clarkson University Inspirational High School Educator Award
Potsdam, N.Y. -- Clarkson University Senior Jason LeFevre of Ontario, N.Y., never forgot the high school teacher who had the most positive and lasting impact on his life. “She gave me the confidence I needed to tackle more challenging schoolwork and showed me the value of hard work and perseverance.”
LeFevre nominated retired teacher Joan Imhoff of Williamson, N.Y. who taught biology at Wayne Central High School in Ontario Center, N.Y., for Clarkson’s 2002 Inspirational High School Educator Award. Imhoff was one of six recipients who will receive the award during Clarkson’s commencement weekend, May 11-12.
“My shy personality gave me a great deal of difficulty because I would always get nervous speaking in front of others,” said LeFevre. “Ms. Imhoff taught me that public speaking is a very important thing to master because even the greatest ideas cannot become a reality unless you can effectively communicate them to other people.
“Most importantly,” LeFevre added, “she showed me that hard work would beat intelligence when intelligence does not work hard. She encouraged me to take advance placement and honors courses, and I learned to look at academic success in terms of achievement through hard work.”
For the thirteenth consecutive year, Clarkson University recognized those educators who have made an indelible impact on the lives of Clarkson seniors. In early spring, graduating students are invited to nominate the one teacher whom they feel has shaped their lives and influenced career choices. Winners are chosen from the nominations to receive the award.
“As a university, we rely on the talent and dedication of high school educators to prepare our students for the special challenges of college and adult life,” said Clarkson University Vice President of Student Affairs Gary Kelly. “It seems fitting, then, to recognize these remarkable individuals who have given so much time and energy to help young people develop the motivation and skills necessary to ensure their futures.”
Imhoff and the other award recipients received the awards at a special dinner on the evening of May 11, and were honored during the commencement ceremonies the following day.