Crown Point A Crown Point Central School teacher has been recognized by his peers.
Mike Ligotino, who retired at the end of this school year, was singled out by Dr. Robert Fuller of the Center for Earth and Environmental Science at SUNY-Plattsburgh and Michele Snyder, science and math director at Clinton Community College, during the fifth annual Champlain Valley Regional Science Fair.
Ligotino taught at Crown Point 14 years.
“Crown Point is among the smallest K-12 schools in the region with 270 students and Mike is currently their only science teacher,” Fuller said. “ Consequently, he teaches Living Environment and Physical Setting in the middle school as well as biology, chemistry and Earth science in the high school, and an elective in forensics.
“In most schools, this number of preparations would be split among three or four teachers,” Fuller said. “In spite of this incredibly challenging teaching load, Mike has been a firm supporter of the experiential learning component of science fairs. He worked with fellow teachers and administrators to develop a school science fair and over the last four years has mentored over 35 students who have presented the results of their projects at the Champlain Valley Regional Science Fair.
“The level of excitement on the faces of these middle school students is a testament to Mike’s love of science and how it has infected his students,” Fuller added. “We would like to congratulate Mike on a successful career and his level of commitment to the futures of hundreds of students from Crown Point Central School.”
Middle and high school students from Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties displayed the results of their research and technology projects during the science fair sponsored by SUNY-Plattsburgh and Clinton Community College and made possible by the sponsorship of The Development Corporation of Clinton County.
“Participation in the process of scientific discovery not only stimulates student interest in science and engineering careers, it helps to insure that the Champlain Valley region continues to generate a highly qualified and technically proficient workforce for the future,” Fuller said. “We encourage industries and organizations in the region to consider providing support to the fair as it continues to expand.”
The next Champlain Valley Regional Science Fair is scheduled on Saturday, April 27, 2013, at Clinton Community College.