BRSU educators honored with local, state-wide awards

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MANCHESTER — The Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union honored five educators for winning local and state-wide teaching awards during its opening in-service day on Monday, Aug. 27.

Superintendent Jacquelyne Wilson announced that Lisa Marchinkoski, a speech language pathologist at The Dorset School. Vicky Arthur, a classroom teacher at Currier Memorial School in Danby, and Darcy Perry, a media specialist at Flood Brook School, were honored as winners of the BRSU Teacher Recognition Awards, Ann Farris, a Spanish teacher at Manchester Elementary-Middle School, and Mark Rampone, a third grade teacher at Mettawee Community School in Pawlet, were recognized as having been named University of Vermont Outstanding Teachers for 2018.

Marchinkoski, Arthur and Perry were chosen by their peers for their excellence in the classroom and making a difference in the education of area children. Their peers, in nominating them for the awards, praised them for their commitment, skill and results.

Of Marchinkoski, a colleague said "She is adept at reaching students where they are and helping them learn the social skills necessary to access their academic potential." Arthur, a peer said, "genuinely cares about her peers, our students, and our school as a whole." And of Perry, a colleague said ""She works with her students on developing their media literacy in an age where media is developing and changing constantly, helping them to become more responsible consumers of information, and upright digital citizens."

Each year, the University of Vermont honors educators who best exemplify five standards of teaching: learning, professional knowledge, advocacy, colleagueship and accountability. The BRSU leadership committee, represented by principals and BRSU senior staff, makes recommendations to Wilson, who makes the final selection.

Wilson had hired Faris at MEMS in 2004.

"Our Spanish program was new, and Ann had to build it from scratch. She has had phenomenal success in creating a rich, engaging and dynamic Spanish program that features cutting edge, innovative language practices," she said.

She also praised Faris for her work with the MEMS student recycling squad, and for her volunteer work as an interpreter, supporter and advocate for countless Spanish speaking families."

Wilson described Rampone as "an engaging teacher who is energetic and fun! He has a great sense of humor and collaborates extremely well with staff and is respected by our families, students, and community."

"He is a fabulous educator whose students make great gains academically, socially and emotionally based on his ability to create a safe and positive learning environment," Wilson added.

The University of Vermont Outstanding Teachers will be celebrated at an October awards ceremony in Burlington, hosted by the Vermont Agency of Education, Vermont Education Association and the University of Vermont.


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