Teacher receives UVM award

BRISTOL - Each year two teachers in ANESU are honored at UVM's Outstanding Teachers Day event held in October. UVM's invitation for nominations outlines that nominees should exemplify one or more the five standards for Vermont educators - learning, professional knowledge, advocacy, colleagueship, and accountability.

Mt. Abraham Union Middle/High School was proud to learn that Melanie Stultz-Backus was named the UVM Outstanding Secondary Teacher of the Year.

Stultz-Backus is currently serving her seventeenth year as an English teacher at Mt. Abraham where she has team taught the interdisciplinary American Studies class and other classes.

Stultz-Backus is recognized by her peers as an outstanding teacher in the areas of learning - acknowledged as one of the strongest staff with content knowledge and for her willingness to share that knowledge; professional knowledge - acknowledged for completing the Master's in Education graduate-degree program.

In educational leadership and serving as curriculum leader to implement district goals, Stultz-Backus was also recognized; advocacy - she was acknowledged for her ability to differentiate instruction and bring out the best in students regardless of academic standing; colleagueship - Stultz-Backus was acknowledged for her tireless efforts for improvement and delivery of best practices to students.

MAUHS Principal Paulette Bogan said Stultz-Backus clearly exemplifies the standards for educators and merits the UVM award.

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