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UVM and AOE Recognize Vermont Teacher of the Year and Outstanding Educators

Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont College of Education and Social Services (CESS) and the Vermont Agency for Education (AOE) honored outstanding teachers during the 41st annual Outstanding Teachers Day on Wednesday, March 23. Along with presenting awards to 70 educators from 30 school districts and supervisory unions statewide, the event also recognized Vermont’s 2022 Teacher of the Year, Karen McCalla, and distinguished finalists for the award. .

Hosted annually by the University of Vermont and the Vermont Agency for Education, the event is the culmination of each organization’s longstanding annual ceremonies dedicated to Vermont educators. Vermont Education Secretary Dan French, CESS Dean Katharine Shepherd, and Vermont NEA President Don Tinney recognized educators’ excellence and innovation in teaching and their powerful impact on children , families, schools and communities in Vermont.

2022 Teacher of the Year Karen McCalla

“In addition to offering you our congratulations on being named an Outstanding Teacher, we also offer you our gratitude and admiration,” French said. “Your work is in the highest tradition of public service which has been and continues to be very inspiring.”

French also spoke about the unprecedented challenges of being an educator over the past two years. “It has been extremely difficult work, but one that will undoubtedly bear fruit in the months and years to come. Our students needed some sense of normalcy in their lives, and you provided it. You also provided a certain sense of normalcy to each other. Our exceptional teachers are, in particular, those who were there for their peers, who provided leadership and support to their colleagues when they needed it most.

CESS Dean Katharine Shepherd thanked the winners of the event for their outstanding service to school communities in Vermont. “We thank you for allowing us to publicly honor you today for educating the next generation of Vermont students,” Shepherd remarked. “Every day you help them develop skills and become more creative and human. Today we come together to recognize the long hours, patience, persistence and passion that define your important work. We honor your commitment, your successes as well as your hardships, and the powerful impact you have had on the children of Vermont and our future. Thank you for your service and inspiration to all of us. You make a big difference every day and we appreciate everything you do.

UVM Education Department Chair Kimberly Vannest and Director of Teacher Education Ellen Baker presented highlights of each educator’s outstanding achievements and contributions to their school community. The program for the event, including a list of outstanding educators and their accomplishments, is publicly available on UVM’s Outstanding Teachers’ Day webpage.

In addition to honoring educators from each of the state’s school districts and supervisory unions, French recognized the work of this year’s Vermont Teacher of the Year, Karen McCalla of the Mill River School District near of Rutland.

“Karen is a library media specialist and is very active in technology and STEAM initiatives in her district and region,” French said. “His enthusiasm for educational technology and the ability of students to create with these tools is exemplary. As we emerge from the pandemic, we need to elevate the creative and inspiring work of teachers like Karen, so that this work can inform the next steps for our education system in a post-pandemic or endemic environment.

Vermont’s 2021 Teacher of the Year, Susan Rosata also spoke at the event, acknowledging the accomplishments of her fellow educators. “Great teachers change lives,” Rosata said. “You all embody the hope that public education brings to children, regardless of their background or circumstances. There is no doubt that everyone’s story includes a teacher. You are that teacher in someone’s story. Your students may not remember all the lessons you taught, but they will remember how you made them feel.

AOE has recognized Vermont’s outstanding teachers through the Vermont Teacher of the Year Award since 1964. McCalla will travel statewide to visit schools and work with teachers and will also become Vermont’s nominee for the National Teacher of the Year Award. teacher of the year sponsored by the Council of Chief State School Officers. . In the spring, McCalla will join teachers of the year from each state on a trip to the National Awards Conference in Washington, DC, and a culminating reception at the White House.

Educators recognized on this year’s Vermont Outstanding Teachers’ Day are eligible to compete for the state’s 2023 Teacher of the Year award. An application is available on the Education Agency website.

Learn more about the event on UVM’s Vermont Outstanding Teachers Day Web page.

Source: BURLINGTON, Vermont— UVM 24.03.2022

Cory E. Barnes

The author Cory E. Barnes