Kate Stein awarded Vermont ‘Substitute Teacher of the Year’

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Kelly Services awarded Kate Stein its ‘Substitute Teacher of the Year’ award for the state of Vermont on Monday.

Stein has been working for Kelly Educational Staffing since 2014, working two to three days a week. But, she says, she quickly fell in love with the job.

“Then I was hooked,” said Stein. “Then I was there five days a week. I’ve maybe had one day off this year.”

When we found Stein on Monday morning, she was in the middle of a guitar lesson at Hunt Middle School in Burlington’s New North End. Superintendent Yaw Obeng for the Burlington School District announced to Stein she was this year recipient.

Obeng told the media, on an average day his school district has between 40 & 50 substitute teachers filling in.

“Many of these substitute teachers are part of our teaching staff,” he said. Additionally, having Stein recognized is also a positive reflection on the Burlington School District. 

The New England Director for Kelly Services, Eileen Candels says, “Kate Stein will be receiving a check for over $300 from Kelly Educational Staffing. Letters from our senior leadership, special local appreciation from our team, and, recognition from the school district.”

On hand for today’s event was Stein’s spouse, Michael Stein. He told Local 22 & Local 44 News that while his wife was shocked to be awarded, he says he wasn’t.

“She is very deserving of this,” said Michael Stein. “Kate works really hard for all the students, and, really cares about everybody.”

Students agreed they enjoy having Stein in their class.

“Mrs. Stein is always making conversations with students. She keeps us mostly focused, but, every once in a while will let us get off topic,” said Naveen, a 7th-grade student at Hunt Middle School.

Watching Stein interact with the students, you can tell she is happy to be there, teaching her students about music.

“I enjoy learning and meeting with all the kids,” she said. “Every day is different and so is every moment. And, I really like the challenge of that.”

Moving forward, Stein is completing her state teaching license. Obeng says he hopes that she will express interest in a full-time position. 

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