Utican to receive Clarkson University Inspirational High School Educator Award

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. - Joseph Cantales of Utica, N.Y., motivates his students to achieve great success. Cantales is one of three recipients of this year's Clarkson University Inspirational High School Educator Award.

The technology and Project Lead the Way teacher at Frankfort-Schuyler Central School in Frankfort, N.Y., was nominated by former student Adrienne Zacaroli of Frankfort, a senior electrical engineering student at Clarkson.

The award will be presented on May 11, during Clarkson's commencement weekend activities.

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.

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.

"Mr. Cantales has had an incredibly positive impact on my life," says Zacaroli. "He made learning fun and consistently encouraged me to pursue higher education. Throughout my six years of knowing him as a teacher, he was always a mentor. It didn't matter what the problem, there was nothing too big or too small we couldn't talk to him about. He helped instill in me the drive to do service for others because he was always more than willing to do something to help another person out."

"Clarkson realizes the importance of recognizing those high school educators who played a significant role in the overall education and personal development of their students," says Vice President for University Outreach and Student Affairs Kathryn B. Johnson. "These high school educators help students to discover their full potential and guide them toward success."

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.

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