Company: Village of Cassadaga and Town of Stockton
Location: Cassadaga and Stockton, Chautauqua County, New York, United States
John Francis Sipos, Sr., Historian for the Village of Cassadaga and the Town of Stockton in Chautauqua County, New York, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of history.
A leading expert in his areas of interest, Mr. Sipos was an educator until 1999. He is a historian for the Village of Cassadaga for 15 years and for the Town of Stockton for three years. In these positions, he has helped keep records of old photography and newspaper articles, as well as to document stories of the area. He has expanded the records in the office fivefold since he started, and his primary goal is to preserve the history of the area in a way that will aid the community. In addition to his primary academic roles, he served as coordinator of the gifted and talented junior high school program at Frontier Central School District in Hamburg, New York, where he was also the chairman of the junior high school mathematics department for 17 years.
Mr. Sipos was inspired to pursue a career in the field from an early age, having always had an interest in his community and its people. He was further encouraged by his parents, who encouraged his interest in teaching and helped to pay his way through college. He first pursued an education with SUNY Geneseo, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in mathematics. He continued his studies at the State University of New York at Fredonia, earning a Master of Science in mathematics in 1983.
In addition to his primary roles, Mr. Sipos has been an active member of his community. A volunteer with Meals on Wheels, he has served as an advisor to the Cemetery Association, where he was also a seven-year board member. He is treasurer of the Cassadaga Valley Historical Society, and he is the historian with the Thule Lodge Swedish Organization. Furthermore, he is a member of the Chautauqua County Genealogical Group.
Throughout his career, Mr. Sipos has been recognized for his contributions. The recipient of the National Community Service Award from the Jamestown Chapter of the National Daughters of the American Revolution, he was named Kiwanian of the Year and the Parade Marshall at the annual Cassadaga Memorial Day Parade for six years. As a testament to his success, Mr. Sipos has been featured in numerous honors publications, including Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.
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