A professional speaker for decades, Dr. Clements’ work has put him in the company of such speakers as Jesse Jackson, Dan Rather, Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau, Henry Kissinger and Barbara Walters. Yet this respected, much sought-after speaker endured an orphaned, Depression Era childhood in an African-American and Italian ghetto. He’s been through it all – loss of his parents, poor performance early in his public school career and the constant lure of the rackets that flourished openly in his neighborhood.
But Zach’s indomitable will to succeed was nourished by love and wisdom from his immigrant grandparents, as well as inspiration and encouragement from his teachers, who started him on the road to respect for learning. As he proudly states, “If it weren’t for American public schools, I wouldn’t be where I am today.” He has earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of New York at Albany and a second Master’s and a Doctorate from the University of Buffalo.
A former full-professor at the University of Vermont, Zach has also taught intermediate through high school English, biology, history and reading. He is the author of two highly successful reading series. His book, “Truisms, Laughter and Contemplation for Road Warriors” was published in 2011.
Eagerly embracing life, Zach has also been a cook, lifeguard, camp director, football coach, laborer, truck driver, insurance salesman, U. S. Marine, and a musician, appearing on American Bandstand in 1960. As versatile in leisure, he enjoys cooking, jogging, and golf. Zach and his wife, Cynthia are proud parents and grandparents.