Nominees sought for teacher awardMay 15,2013Nominees sought
for teacher award
The Vermont Humanities Council is taking nominations for its Victor R. Swenson Humanities Educator Award.
The award, created in 2003, honors a Vermont teacher in grades 6-12 who “exemplifies excellence in the teaching of the humanities” and “inspires his or her students and encourages in them intellectual curiosity and a lifelong love of learning.”
VHC says, “The teacher should possess extraordinary knowledge, ability, and accomplishment in the teaching of language, literature, history, social studies, or other humanities fields.”
The council adds, “The educator should exhibit infectious enthusiasm for his or her subject and learning in general, and embody a commitment to the highest standards of achievement ...”
Any community member may make a nomination, including parents, coworkers, current and former students, and school administrators. Nominating letters are due at VHC’s Montpelier office by July 1.
The winner receives a $1,000 check and public recognition at VHC’s fall conference, scheduled for Nov. 16 at UVM’s Dudley Davis Center.
Last year’s winner was Gary Johnson of North Country Union High School in Newport. The first recipient of the award was Graham Newell of St. Johnsbury Academy.
The award is named for Victor Swenson, VHC’s first executive director.
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