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Port Chester HS Teacher Receives National Award

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. – Economics and history teacher Thomas Josephson has been named a 2012 Global Enterprising Educator of the Year by the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, the Port Chester-Rye Union Free School District announced.

Josephson is one of 26 educators from around the country who will be recognized at the network's Dare to Dream Award dinner on April 18 at the Millennium Broadway Hotel in New York City.

"Tom Josephson is a talented and creative teacher, and we are proud that he has been recognized by NFTE with this award," said Mitchell Combs, principal of Port Chester High School.

Josephson, a Princeton graduate, joined Port Chester High School in 2003 after serving as president of the Italian-based technology company Intesys. According to a release sent by the district, Josephson implements lessons and anecdotes from his own experiences into the classroom.

"Teaching is a rewarding career because you get the opportunity to refine and improve your effectiveness," he said. "I enjoy teaching economics and business concepts to my students and always look for creative ways to teach their concepts."

Josephson, a Port Chester resident and the father of three Port Chester graduates, is known for implementing technology in the classroom. Using websites like Facebook, Zipskinny and Surveymonkey, Josephson has been able to create a classroom experience unlike any other.

"I always had my econ classes build a business plan," Josephson said. "But the resources provided by NFTE make the experience that much more meaningful for my students. For example, I’ve had the former CEO of Snapple present to my students numerous times since my affiliation with NFTE."

The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship was founded in New York City in 1987 by Steve Mariotti, a former entrepreneur turned high school math teacher in the South Bronx. It teaches entrepreneurial skills to inspire young people from low-income communities to stay in school and plan for successful futures.

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