#ThankATeacher: It's National Teacher Awareness Week!

By Staci DaSilva | sdasilva@nexstar.tv

Published 05/07 2014 05:14AM

Updated 05/07 2014 05:28AM


We should be thanking them every day but this week especially because it's National Teacher's Appreciation Week.

We've all had that teacher that changed our lives at some point.

For some kids in Shelburne, that teacher is may be Miss Lawson.

Jennifer Lawson is a middle school teacher at Shelburne Community Schools. She's also Vermont's 2011 Teacher of the Year.

Lawson’s classroom reflects her teaching beliefs. It’s laid back, comfortable and with room for every kind of student.

National Teachers Appreciation Week, for her, is a time to celebrate all teachers.

“It's a time when teachers appreciate each other,” said Jennifer Lawson. “It's a time when we recognize our profession as a serious profession and that we understand all the layers that go into a lesson a day, all the hats a teacher wears. It's an opportunity to reach out and connect with parents in the community."

Before she came to Shelburne, Lawson was a teacher at Vergennes schools. With her colleagues there, Lawson jumpstarted an alternate path to high school program for students who struggle with that transition and maybe aren't ready for high school right away.

That program is still in effect in Vergennes.

And we spoke to VT’s Teacher of the Year for this year.

Luke Foley works at Northfield Schools. He teaches at the school’s alternative middle and high school program called STARS. It helps students who struggle in the classroom and provides them with hands-on work, many times outdoors.

He says Teacher Appreciation Week is about everyone at school.

“It goes way beyond teachers,” said Luke Foley. “There are so many other staff that contribute to every school day: the folks in the cafeteria, maintenance people, bus drivers, instructional assistants. There's countless people, nurses and counselors and everybody is working to do the best possible job for every student."

Don’t forget to show your appreciation to the teacher that changed your life. You can use #ThankATeacher and post it on our FOX44 Local News Facebook page or on your Twitter. It’s a Vermont Agency of Education campaign. The Agency will share your post.

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