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Commitment to learning earns Hampton teacher honor

| Wednesday, June 3, 2015, 1:39 p.m.
Scott Stickney
Scott Stickney

A Hampton High School educator was honored for his dedication both as a teacher and as a student.

Scott Stickney, high school enrichment facilitator, received the 2014-15 Dr. Rosemary S. Callard-Szulgit Gifted Education Student Award from the University of Buffalo in New York.

The award was established by Callard-Szulgit, who is a professor in the university's Graduate School of Education, to recognize the scholarly and academic achievement of students completing the GSE Gifted Education Advanced Certificate Online program offered by the University of Buffalo's Graduate School of Education, according to University of Buffalo officials.

Stickney was the first to receive this award. He earned his certificate from the University of Buffalo in February 2015 and graduated with a 4.0 grade-point average.

He said he applied for the award after Callard-Szulgit contacted him about it and wrote him a letter of recommendation.

In her recommendation, Callard-Szulgit wrote: “Perhaps Scott's most brilliant achievement of his many in the program was the writing and publication of his children's book for the Capstone 700: Camp Birchbark 1963 … The Adirondack Adventures of a Talented Troupe of Teens. This book belongs in every high school library and counselor's office working with gifted children who often may not fit in within the general education groupings. It truly is brilliant!”

Stickney wrote the book as part of a capstone course for the University of Buffalo graduate program, and it focuses on debunking the myths related to gifted students. He had two Hampton High School art students create illustrations for the book.

He said it was an honor to be the first recipient of the award. The award comes with a $1,000 scholarship

“It is truly an honor to be recognized for my classroom accomplishments as a lifelong learner as it is to be recognized for what I do as a teacher in the classroom,” he said.

Stickney has been a teacher at Hampton for 17 years and became the high school enrichment facilitator in May 2012.

Rachel Farkas is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6364 or rfarkas@tribweb.com.

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