TICONDEROGA A Ticonderoga High School teacher will be honored by Clarkson University during commencement exercises May 13. Nelson Shapiro, a music teacher, has been selected as one of six Inspirational High School Educators by the college. He was nominated by a former student, Lucas Frasier of Hague, who will be graduating from Clarkson that day. Mr. Shapiro encourages students to think for themselves and to do their best, not just in music but in everything they do, Frasier said. Many educators go to work each day to present material and teach students on various subjects. Mr. Shapiro is there to be an educator, a mentor and a friend to any student he has contact with. The impact Mr. Shapiro has had on my life and my success at Clarkson is huge, Frasier added. He has really been a big part of making me the person I am today. Shapiro said hes humbled by the award. Its wonderful, he said. An award like this means so much and it means even more because I was nominate by Luke. Shapiro will be honored at a recognition dinner May 12 and will be seated on stage during the commencement ceremony May 13. He will be cited by Clarkson President Tony Collins in his address to graduates. Shapiro was named New York State Teacher of the Year by Wal-Mart in 2004. To think that a music teacher would be nominated by an engineer shows the importance of music in Lukes education and the strength of our relationship, Shapiro said. It's a great honor. Shapiro said hes learned something very important during his career in education. Its not about me, he said. Its all about my students. What an honor to be nominated by a student I respect and admire. Clarkson has been giving the Inspirational High School Educators award for 18 years. David Rutkowski, a chemistry teacher at Ticonderoga High School who is now retired, received the honor a decade ago. Some high school educators are successful in motivating students and helping them harness their capabilities and creativity in a quest to discover where their strengths lie, said Kathryn Johnson, Clarkson vice president for university outreach and student affairs. We, as a university, rely on those educators and their valuable guidance to our prospective students. We are proud to honor those who have given selflessly so that these students could have the best education possible.