SOMERS, N.Y. – Not many people get as excited to go to work on Mondays as Somers High School science teacher Greg Horrace.
Horrace, who has worked for the district for more than 13 years, is one of three people who have made a lasting educational impact on the Town of Somers and who will be inducted into the Somers Education Foundation Hall of Fame during the group’s annual Gala and Auction on April 27 at Putnam National Golf Club.
Horrace has more than 30 years of experience as a science teacher, previously working 20 in Cornwall and Mount Vernon. He currently serves as the head of the science department at Somers High School.
Although he said it was an honor to be inducted into the hall of fame, Horrace said he would rather his students get the attention.
“I am truly flattered but I have a hard time being congratulated on doing my job,” Horrace said Wednesday. “I’d rather bask in the glow of the kids’ success than my own.”
But it’s because of both his and his kids’ successes that Horrace is being honored. He is known for the development and integration of the Science Research program, a three-year course of study that has “influenced and enabled hundreds of SHS graduates to go on to major in science fields in college and to eventually pursue successful careers,” said SEF Vice President Glenn Hintze.
“Throughout the three years, Horrace works very closely with every student and their chosen mentor to develop and execute a custom course of study tailored to each student's interests and skills,” Hintze said in an email.
Horrace said he considers himself lucky to have found a job where he never feels burdened or stressed and instead enjoys coming into work.
“I’ve worked in other jobs in the past and I’ve always liked what I’ve done but I still really look forward to Mondays and I’ve been doing this for 35 years,” he said. “I know a lot of people who aren’t that lucky so it really is a great thing.”
Horrace said he hopes he can do his job for another few decades and looks forward to the challenges ahead.
“Education is changing and the paradigm is shifting and I’m not sure where it’s going,” he said. “Are we going to be able to integrate some of the technologies that are out there? It has the capability of transforming the way we deliver education. I’ve been teaching long enough where calculators were in their infancy. And things changed in a big way after that and I’m fascinated to see how it’s going to change in the future.”
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