Three educators nominated by Clarkson University students will be honored as the 2018 Clarkson University Inspirational Educators.
The award recognizes these educators for their lasting impact on their students and in their fields of education.
Thomas B. Grace of Chenango Bridge, N.Y., an associate professor in the Engineering Science program at SUNY Broome Community College in Binghamton, N.Y., was nominated by former student Christopher Diaz of St. Regis Falls, N.Y., a senior mechanical engineering major at Clarkson.
"Professor Grace was an excellent teacher who took time and care to ensure every student grasped each concept he taught," said Diaz in nominating Grace. "Every day in class, he was prepared, focused, and was able to convey the lesson in a detailed manner, allowing each student to grasp the concept, which was taught. He was the best teacher I had at SUNY Broome."
Ronald Luteran of Cazenovia, N.Y., a retired mathematics teacher at Cazenovia High School in Cazenovia, N.Y., was nominated by former student Patrick Karmis of Cazenovia, a senior mechanical engineering and applied mathematics & statistics major at Clarkson.
"Mr. Luteran pushed me to reach my potential in all classes," said Karmis in nominating Luteran. "After taking his class, I realized that hard work and a lot of studying is required to succeed in college and life. Further, I have always taken his study approach by trying to make the material fun. I now make mnemonics of theory and the basics, which has allowed me to gain a deeper understanding in more classes."
Casey Vanderstouw of Cato, N.Y., a music teacher and band director at C.W. Baker High School in Baldwinsville, N.Y., was nominated by former student Gabrielle Piraino of Baldwinsville, a senior engineering & management major at Clarkson.
"In all of my years as a student, I have never met an educator who truly cares about his students and their achievements as much as Mr. Vanderstouw does," said Piraino in nominating Vanderstouw. "He has taught me that anything is possible with hard work, determination, and professionalism. I have taken these words of encouragement with me into every hard exam and challenge I face at Clarkson."