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Parker Of Colchester To Receive Clarkson University Inspirational High School Teaching Award

POTSDAM, N.Y. -- Clarkson University senior Candice M. Bell of Colchester, Vt., credits much of her academic success to Steffen C. Parker, her instrumental music teacher at Colchester High School.  Bell nominated Parker, who lives in Colchester, for the Clarkson University Inspirational High School Teaching Award, which he will receive during commencement weekend, May 13-14.

“Mr. Parker isn’t just the man who teaches the band.  He is someone who truly cares about each one of his students,” says Bell, a chemical engineering major.

One year, she says, “I was afraid to audition on my trumpet for the All-State Music festival.  Mr. Parker convinced me it was important to try, even if I failed.  He showed me it was important to take those risks that we fear.  My audition wasn’t great, but once it was over, I felt wonderful because I had accomplished something I never thought I could.  I had found new courage.  I now use this courage every day.“

For the eleventh consecutive year, Clarkson University will recognize some of the exceptional teachers who have influenced the lives of Clarkson students.  Five people who taught members of Clarkson's Class of 2000 will receive the Inspirational High School Teaching Award.

In early spring, Clarkson seniors are asked to nominate the high school teacher that they feel most influenced their lives and helped shape their education and career choices.  Five educators were then chosen from the nominations to receive this award.

Award selections are based on information and insights provided by the students on the nomination form.  The information includes the reasons for choosing this particular teacher, how the teacher influenced the student and an actual situation in which the teacher demonstrated characteristics of an outstanding educator. 

Clarkson University is an independent institution located in northern New York, in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains.  The University has 2,902 graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in programs in its schools of Business, Engineering, Liberal Arts, and Science, and its Interdisciplinary Engineering and Management program.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or]

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