Elizabeth Carpenter, of Cazenovia, a Regents and AP physics teacher at Chittenango Central Schools, was awarded Clarkson University’s Inspirational High School Educator Award on May 11 and 12.
Carpenter was honored at a special dinner the night before commencement and during the commencement ceremony the following day.
Presenting the award to Carpenter were graduating senior Thomas Wilkowski, of Bridgeport, who nominated Carpenter for the award, President Tony Collins and Vice President for University Outreach and Student Affairs Kathryn B. Johnson.
“Mrs. Carpenter takes the time to make sure her students understand what they are working on,” Wilkowski said. “She will forgo her free time to make sure her students are getting the best education possible. The skill of her commitment is few and far between in the teaching community. Mrs. Carpenter had a strong work ethic and that inspired us to work equally as hard. Her commitment to her students was not matched by any other teacher I have had in high school or college.”
Each year, Clarkson seniors are invited to nominate a secondary school educator whom they feel has had a significant effect on their lives and helped guide their higher education decisions and career pursuits. The award recognizes these educators for their influential and lasting impact on their students and in their field of education.
“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,” Johnson said. “These high school educators help students to discover their full potential and guide them toward success.”