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05-09-2011

Three High School Teachers Receive Inspirational Educator Award

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Three teachers, two of them Clarkson University alumni and all nominated by Clarkson University seniors, were honored this past weekend as Clarkson University Inspirational High School Educators.

Leanne Saxby (back row, left) and Tresa Wilson (back row, center) were honored this past weekend as Clarkson University Inspirational High School Educators. Saxby was nominated by Stephanie Collins (front row, left), and Wilson was nominated by Kenneth Yancey (front row, center). Clarkson President Tony Collins (back row, right) and Vice President for University Outreach and Student Affairs Kathryn B. Johnson (front row, right) presented the award. Michael Harnish and nominator Jennifer Roper were not present for the photo.The award recognizes these educators for their lasting impact on their students and in their fields of education.

The educators were honored on campus at a special awards dinner on May 6 and then again during the commencement ceremony on the following day.

Award winner Michael Harnish of Duisburg, Germany, an IB psychology teacher at the International School of Dusseldorf, Germany, was nominated by former student Jennifer N. Roper of Pittsburgh, Pa., who is graduating with bachelor’s degrees in both biology and psychology. Harnish received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Clarkson in 1993.

Leanne Saxby of Norfolk, N.Y., an allied health and new visions instructor at St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES, was nominated by former student Stephanie L. Collins, a senior innovation & entrepreneurship major from Colton, N.Y.

Tresa Wilson of Potsdam, N.Y., a business education teacher at Madrid-Waddington Central School, was nominated by Kenneth G. Yancey, a chemistry major from Lowville, N.Y. Wilson received her bachelor’s degree in marketing from Clarkson in 1983.

Each year, Clarkson asks its seniors to nominate the secondary school educators who have significantly affected their lives and helped guide their higher education and career decisions.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo Caption: Leanne Saxby (back row, left) and Tresa Wilson (back row, center) were honored this past weekend as Clarkson University Inspirational High School Educators. Saxby was nominated by Stephanie Collins (front row, left), and Wilson was nominated by Kenneth Yancey (front row, center). Clarkson President Tony Collins (back row, right) and Vice President for University Outreach and Student Affairs Kathryn B. Johnson (front row, right) presented the award. Michael Harnish and nominator Jennifer Roper were not present for the photo.

[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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