Background Image

News & Events


Four to Receive Clarkson University Inspirational High School Educator Award for 2009

Four teachers, all nominated by former students who are now Clarkson University seniors, will be honored in May as the 2009 Clarkson University Inspirational High School Educators.

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

Kathy A. Hubbard of Potsdam, N.Y., inspired many of her students to find their inner strengths and do things they didn’t think possible. The retired Madrid-Waddington Central School music teacher was nominated by former student Brandon T. Acres of Madrid, N.Y., a senior majoring in business and technology management.

Always willing to go above and beyond normal expectations, Jason Haak of Marion, N.Y., was dedicated to his students on both academic and personal levels. The retired Marion Junior-Senior High School chemistry teacher was nominated by former student Courtney R. Grayson of Marion, a senior biomolecular science major.

Christopher Marino of Morrisonville, N.Y., is a teacher who challenges his students to look at problems from different points of view. The chemistry and physics teacher at Saranac Central High School was nominated by former student Kristopher J. Renadette of Morrisonville, a senior mechanical engineering major.

Suzanne S. Gilbert of Manchester, N.H., teaches with her heart and is unwavering in her dedication to her students. The chemistry teacher at Manchester Memorial High School was nominated by former student Courtney E. Riley of Raymond, N.H., a senior biomolecular science major.

Early in the spring term, graduating seniors submit their reasons for choosing their teachers, how the teachers influenced them and actual situations in which the teachers showed themselves to be outstanding educators.

"Clarkson appreciates any educator who inspires students to discover who they are and what they’re meant to be," said Clarkson University Vice President for University Outreach and Student Affairs Kathryn B. Johnson. "Anyone who encourages students to find their strengths and pursue their passions as these educators do is an inspiration to all of us. We’re proud that this is the 20th consecutive year we have honored teachers with this award."

Award recipients will be honored at a dinner on May 9. They will be recognized by University President Tony Collins in his address to the class of 2009 during the commencement ceremony the next day.

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.

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

Calendar View the full calendar >>

Full Calendar RSS Feed