New Fort Plain Jr./Sr. High School special
education teacher looks to be a positive influence
William Clooney fondly remembers a story from
his first teaching job after college.
He taught in a self-contained classroom and a
student who rarely came to class was upset with him because Clooney
reminded the student of his brother. As the year went on, the two
started talking and forged a relationship.
“We found common ground and I began to help
him,” he said. “He grew to the point where he wasn’t going to
graduate to where he actually did.”
Mr. Clooney, the new special education teacher
at Plain Jr. /Sr. High School says he hopes he can make the same
type of difference the lives of students in Fort Plain. He sees the
chance to work in a smaller school district as an opportunity.
“I’ve always had a knack of working with kids.
I’m used to playing basketball with them and I’ve always wanted a
challenge and to make a difference,” he said. “Making a difference
means being there for them in any capacity or being a role model. It
means doing anything to make them think, be creative, challenge
themselves or even challenge me.”
Mr. Clooney residents in Latham and received
his bachelor’s degree in education from SUNY Albany and his master’s
degree in education from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.
Currently in his 11th year of teaching, he’s taught in Schenectady,
South Glens Falls and in Massachusetts.
Utilizing technology plays a big role in Mr.
Clooney’s teaching style, he said, along with project-based learning
and hands-on activities. He plans to utilize the Smart Board in his
classroom to play educational games with students this year.
“I love to use humor and different styles to
the classroom and I love interactive activities so students can
develop their social skills,” he said.
“I also want parents to know that I’m here for
their child and am available whenever they need me to be.”
Favorite class in school: Math
Favorite sports teams: Boston Red Sox and Boston Celtics
If you could have dinner with anyone in history: Martin Luther King