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Pre-Engineering Technology Instructor, Mr. Cardoso, receives Singer Family Prize

Mr. Stephen Cardoso William M. Davies, Jr. Career and Technical High School is pleased to announce Mr. Stephen Cardoso Pre-Engineering Instructor is one of four high school teachers to receive the University of Rochester's Singer Family Prize for Excellence in Secondary School Teaching.

Mr. Cardoso was nominated by Tania Cano, Davies '16, and University of Rochester '20 graduate. (B.S. Electrical and Computer Engineering) The University of Rochester's Singer Family Prize offers graduating seniors a chance to look back and honor the high school teachers who made a difference in their lives. Recipients of the award receive $3,000, a plaque, and $2,500 for their school.

Ms. Cano stated in her nomination, “When I arrived at my high school, I thought I already had my future planned out. I would choose the Health Careers program, graduate high school, and apply to Tufts University for its veterinary program. I couldn’t have been more wrong. In Mr. Cardoso’s class, I was one of only four female students out of a class of about 30. Women in engineering, especially Hispanic women, are among the least represented in engineering. Yet I never once felt like I didn’t belong in an engineering field because of my gender and ethnicity. Mr. Cardoso encouraged us to pursue engineering and four-year colleges and to join the robotics club that he ran. This club actually helped me receive a scholarship, and I’m almost positive that without it I probably would not have been able to attend this University. I don’t think I have ever expressed my gratitude, but I am thankful to have had him as a teacher."

Congratulations to Mr. Cardoso and congratulations to Tania Cano on acquiring her Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

The original announcement from the University of Rochester.