NORTHFIELD, Vt. - A Northfield Middle High School teacher is named 2014 Vermont Teacher of the Year.
A press release says Luke Foley, an Alternative Program teacher at the middle high school was awarded during the State Board of Education meeting Tuesday. Katy Farber, a 6th grade teacher at Rumney Memorial School in Middlesex, Vt., and Valerie Gasco, a special educator at Riverside Middle School in Springfield, Vt., were also honored.
"This year's Teacher of the Year exemplifies many of the practices that we are trying to incorporate into our schools," Vermont Education Secretary Armando Vilaseca said. "Alternate programs model what we want to provide for our students, such as flexible schedules, applied and hands-on learning, and internships."
As 2014 Teacher of the Year, Foley will travel statewide visiting schools and working with teachers. The Vermont Education Department says Foley will be Vermont's candidate for the National Teacher of the Year award, sponsored by the Council of Chief State School Officers. Foley will travel to Washington D.C. in the spring for a reception at the White House, where he will meet President Obama.
"I am very honored and humbled to join such a distinguished group of educators and to represent Vermont as this year's Teacher of the Year," Foley said. "I'm incredibly excited for the opportunity to continue sharing the work that my students, colleagues and I have been doing."
For more information about the Vermont Teacher of the Year program visit http://education.vermont.gov/new/html/dept/awards/toy.html. For additional information about the State Board of Education visit http://education.vermont.gov/new/html/mainboard.html.
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