NORTHVILLE - For five years, teacher Adam Cancio has been honing his technology curriculum at Northville Central School, and on Feb. 7, he was recognized for his efforts being named the New York State Technology and Engineering Educators' Association's Regional Technology Teacher of the Year for Northeastern New York.
Cancio attended the 50th annual NYSTEEA Conference on Feb. 7 in Malta after learning about his nomination in late January, and he said the award is a big honor for him.
"All my training and time that I put into developing [courses] for the students is acknowledged positively," he said. " ... Getting the award inspires you to keep doing a good job. It gives you a renewed drive to continue."
Cancio is a graduate of Galway Central School, and in a biography he wrote for the conference, he said he was encouraged to develop his programs to refelect the knowledge, skills and love for technology he gained while at Galway.
After high school, Cancio attended SUNY Oswego, where he was "determined to gain knowledge and experience for wherever life took him - and life took him to Northville as a technology education tnstructor.
His colleagues, including Interim Superintendent Debra Lynker, congratulated him on the award.
"We're just very proud of him," Lynker said. "We know the great things he does in the classroom. We're just happy that the entire region recognizes that."
Cancio teaches classes in engineering, small-engine repair, construction, computer-assisted drawing and general technology for middle-schoolers at Northville.
Lynker said the students always respond positively to him.
"The students just love him. His classese are filled to capacity," she said. "The students have a great respect for him and work their best for him."
Cancio said he aims to have his students creating, troubleshooting and learning, and he is fortunate to have a good reception from the Northville prinicpals and officials.
He said he doesn't believe the award was earned all alone, but it is a reflection of what all Northville educators offer.
"You pick up from the members of the other faculty - traits you see in them," he said. "Taking away from personal time to help the students. It's a direct reflection of the teachers here at Northville. They know we deserve it and expect us to work at that level."
Now, Cancio said, all he can do is continue maintaining his curriculum and continue his relationships with the trade schools and local businesses he has worked with.
"I guess the main thing I can do is keep making those connections," he said. "Colleges look at them more closely. Or I can have businesses come in and say, 'This is what we are looking for, and your students have it,' to help them transition more easily into the job market.
" ... They're leaving with skills not only associated with jobs. On a minor scale, if their neighbor's lawnmower breaks, they're the ones going to be fixing. It builds confidence in them. [And] I think all of us at one point or another have had the urge to take things apart, but hopefully in [my] courses, they're learning to put them back together."