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University hosts student-nominated math/science high school teacher awards

The Kazuo Inamori School of Engineering and the NYS College of Ceramics at Alfred University recently sponsored a High School Math/Science Teacher Award competition.

AU students and alumni with majors in engineering, science, and math submitted applications with recommendations of high school teachers who had influenced them in their previous studies.

The four winning teachers from schools in New York and Pennsylvania will receive a certificate and $200 toward supplies, equipment, and field trips at their schools. The student nominee of each winner also received a gift certificate to the Barnes and Noble College Bookstore on the AU campus.

The four winners were: Beth Howitt, mathematics teacher at Wellsville High School, Wellsville, NY; Eric McConnell, science teacher at Newport Junior/Senior High School, Newport, PA; James Sposato, mathematics teacher at Frewsburg Central School, Frewsburg, NY; and Lynn Auble, technology teacher at Dansville High School, Dansville, NY.

The student nominator commented on Howitt: “Never have I known a teacher to be as dedicated to her students … Mrs. Howitt was a firm believer that to be successful in calculus it was necessary to expose us to as much material as possible ... What an inspiration to have a teacher who calls an unpaid Saturday review just because the students might want to study a little bit before the AP exam.”

For more information about the award please contact William LaCourse, interim associate provost in the NYS College of Ceramics at Alfred University at