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05-02-2013

Two to Receive Clarkson University Inspirational High School Educator Award

Two teachers nominated by Clarkson University seniors will be honored as the 2013 Clarkson University Inspirational High School Educators.

The award recognizes these educators for their lasting impact on their students and in their fields of education.

Award winner John Clancy of Cazenovia, N.Y., a mathematics teacher at Chittenango High School in Chittenango, N.Y., was nominated by former student Ellen Heenan of Bridgeport, N.Y., who is graduating with a bachelor of science degree in engineering and management.

Dorothy Findlay of Staatsburg, N.Y., a science teacher at Hyde Park Central School District’s F.D. Roosevelt High School in Hyde Park, N.Y., was nominated by former student Garrett Kane of Hyde Park, who is graduating with a bachelor of science degree in software engineering.

The educators will be honored on campus at a special awards dinner on May 10 and then again during the commencement ceremony on the following day.

“We all can think back to a teacher we had growing up whose lessons still resonate with us," says Vice President for University Outreach and Student Affairs Kathryn B. Johnson. "These educators challenged and encouraged their students in such a way that prepared them to thrive at Clarkson.”

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.

“If you ask any student who took AP courses at Chittenango who the best teachers were, Mr. Clancy would undoubtedly come up,” says Heenan. "Other teachers recognize him as such, as well. He is an excellent educator, caring person, enthusiastic at his job and an all-around good person. Mr. Clancy gives without the desire or expectation to get anything back. All he wants is to see his students, and all students at Chittenango, excel in school and in life.”

“Ms. Findlay helped to inspire me to pursue a scientific education through experimentation and academic rigor,” says Kane. "She pushes all of her students to and past their personal limits while always being there to assist students who fall behind. On multiple occasions other students and I would stay after school, sometimes for hours, and work to thoroughly understand the material being taught. Ms. Findlay was always there to guide us, providing just enough information that we would make the leap to understanding on our own.”
Early in the spring term, graduating seniors submit their reasons for choosing their nominees, how they influenced them and actual situations in which they showed themselves to be outstanding educators.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five 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.

[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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