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Six Teachers To Receive Clarkson University Inspirational High School Teaching Award

That may be true, replies the boy, "but without teachers, where would doctors come from?"

Leave it to a little boy in 30-second television ad to succinctly sum up the importance of teachers. For without them, the world would devoid of doctors, architects, chemists, computer programmers, attorneys, journalists, bankers and, yes, teachers.

No one knows the importance of teachers better than Clarkson University, who, for the twelfth consecutive year, will recognize those teachers who have made an indelible impact on the lives of Clarkson seniors. In early spring, seniors are asked to nominate the one teacher whom they feel has shaped their lives and influence their career choices. Six educators were then chosen from the nominations to receive this award.

Award selections are based on insights provided by students on the nomination form, including the reason the teacher in particular was nominated, how the teacher influenced the student and an actual situation in which the teacher displayed some of the qualities and characteristics of an outstanding educator.

David Beekman of Nicholville, N.Y., a reading and English teacher at Parishville-Hopkinton Central School in Parishville, N.Y. Nominated by Jennifer S. Collins of Parishville, N.Y., a psychology major.

Jerry Greenlee, Spencerport, N.Y., a physics and chemistry teacher at Kendall High School in Kendall, N.Y. Nominated by Kristin J. Pugh of Morton, N.Y., an electrical engineering major.

James Keefer, also of Spencerport, a physics, chemistry and biology teacher at Brockport High School in Brockport, N.Y. Nominated by Colleen E. O'Laughlin of Brockport, who is double majoring in mechanical engineering and engineering and management.

Debra Nailos, Hamburg, N.Y., a mathematics teacher at Hamburg High School. Nominated by Adam Cadin of Hamburg, a chemical engineering major.

James Shannon of Bloomfield, N.Y., a chemistry teacher at Pittsford-Mendon High School in Pittsford, N.Y. Nominated by Stephen J. Waud of Pittsford, a computer science and chemistry double major.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or]

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