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Clara R. Sizer is a retired educator from the Rochester City School District. She has more than thirty-five years’ experience as a Business Education and Technology Teacher. She focused on the total growth and needs of the individual student involving social, emotional, intellectual, creative and physical behavior.
Early in Clara’s career, she taught the traditional business-related courses such as typing, shorthand, general office practice, business math and recordkeeping. With the advancement in technology, she became more creative in her teaching to ensure that her students learned how to succeed in the digital age and beyond. Due to the fact that technology was at her fingertips, she was able to teach courses such as business computer applications, business analysis, computer networking and Electronic Information Processing.
Over the course of Clara’s career, her experience reached beyond the classroom. She served as an advisor to the Black Youth Development Leadership Program under the auspices of the American Red Cross, advisor to the Black Student Union, co-advisor to senior students, Acting Department Head to the Practical Arts (1985) and Substitute Dean to secondary students (1981-83). She also played a vital role in helping to develop and organize partnerships between the Business Magnet Program housed at Benjamin Franklin High School and local businesses such as Eastman Kodak Company, Xerox Corporation, Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Marine Midland Bank. In addition, she served as a master teacher, supervising and training student teachers from various colleges and universities.
Clara has been recognized as been a detailed-oriented, dependable and conscientious employee. Throughout her career, she received several awards and certificates: Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, Rochester City School District Service Award, Front-Line Award for participating in the first Summative Appraisal, Edunetics—A Learning Extravaganza, Managing Change and Team Building from Frontier Learning Center, Certificate of Completion on Advanced Operating Theory and Computer Applications, and a Certificate of Appreciation from the Bureau of Liberty Partnerships Program Administration.
As a graduate of Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Clara received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Education and Social Studies. Further studies included a Master’s Degree in Education from Nazareth College of Rochester.
As a member of Memorial AME Zion Church, Clara is active in a number of ministries, serving in such capacities as recording secretary, assistant recording secretary and vice president. She finds it spiritually rewarding to assist and support others.
Clara is a native of Franklinton, Louisiana. Currently, she resides in Brighton, New York with her husband, Vernon.