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Brunetto Of Gloversville Receives Clarkson University Inspirational High School Educator Award

Potsdam, N.Y. -- Clarkson University Senior Patricia Jablonski of Amsterdam, N.Y., traces her interest in mathematics back to the contagious enthusiasm for the subject displayed by former Amsterdam High School mathematics and physics teacher, Joel Brunetto of Gloversville, N.Y.

Jablonski nominated Brunetto for the 2002 Clarkson University Inspirational High School Educator Award. Brunetto, now retired, was one of six high school educators chosen to receive the award at Clarkson’s commencement weekend, May 11-12.

“All of the students in his class saw his enthusiasm and passion for math and teaching,” says Jablonski, a mathematics major, speaking of Brunetto. “Even if people had never liked math before, it was hard for them not to like it while they were in his class. I had never known how much fun math was or that I had any particular talent for it. But Mr. Brunetto said I had a natural talent for math and he motivated me to work hard and stay at the top of the class.”

“In college, I became a math major because of Mr. Brunetto,” added Jablonski. “And I kept a quiz from his class on the wall above my desk to help me stay motivated. It bears a prefect score on top along with a gold star. All my successes in math owe to him.”

For the 13th 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 educator 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.”

Brunetto 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.

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