Thursday September 29, 2016
The South Burlington School District (SBSD) began their new year with a district wide convocation honoring faculty and staff last month. Special awards and recognitions were announced as well as acknowledgement for those who have served the district over the course of 10 to 35 years.
Courcelle Honored with Ted Manazir Award
Kristen Courcelle is the recipient of the 2016 Ted Manazir Award. Named after a long time school board member and student advocate, Ted Manazir, the award recognizes individuals for distinction in their innovation, creativity, initiative, leadership, and resourcefulness and who, as a result, exceed expectations in moving the SBSD Ends Policy forward. Courcelle is the information technology educator at the Rick Marcotte Central School.
The SBSD Ends Policy is an initiative to assure that every student who graduates from South Burlington has a disposition for lifelong learning, is academically proficient, personally developed, and is ready to be an active and informed citizen. Courcelle was selected for the award as she works diligently to ensure that these goals are met.
Described as an innovator, who is constantly looking for ways to improve instruction, Courcelle is cited as a major force in helping the district become part of the new digital community. Known by students as the “Chromebook Lady,” Courcelle works with students daily to help them acquire the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in a rapidly changing world. According to the school, her willingness to take on many challenges, as well as her ability to work successfully with a variety of learners, is a model of what it means to build supportive relationships and enhance capacity to make informed decisions.
Garland Named UVM Outstanding Teacher of the Year
Tracy Garland is Orchard School’s 2016 Outstanding Teacher of the Year. Having taught both kindergarten and fifth grade at Orchard, Garland’s dedication to the teaching profession and to the students of South Burlington were noted in a speech at SBSD convocation. Described as exuding a joy for teaching, Garland was acknowledged for going above and beyond her regular duties for students. From helping a student from across the country comfortably transfer to South Burlington, to working tirelessly with a family whose daughter suffered from a severe concussion to assist the long transition back to school, Garland’s commitment to her students is apparent through her “can-do” spirit.
Garland has served as the local standards board representative for Orchard School. Additionally, she was a member of the Shelburne Farms Farm to School initiative and is a member of the school’s sustainability committee. Along with lending a hand at PTO sponsored activities, Garland led her fifth grade class in raising awareness of childhood hunger. For four weeks, her fifth graders rolled a little red wagon through the school’s halls every morning collecting class donations, which totaled 1,115 items for the food shelf.
According to one of her students, who describes Garland as kind, cooperative, and patient, “She always helps you if you need it. Not only does Ms. Garland teach us, but she learns from us and with us too.”
Meisenzahl UVM Teacher of the Year
This year’s Teacher of the Year for the Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School is Sarah Meisenzahl, social studies teacher on the FHTMS discovery team. Meisenzahl was nominated by colleagues and selected based on specific criteria for teaching excellence.
According to fellow teachers, “Meisenzahl marries her social studies content with transferrable skills, and encourages collaboration in group work.” Known as a classroom that “invites learning,” her students respectfully and affectionately call her “General Meisenzahl” because, although demanding, she leads her students through the trenches of curriculum with trust and honesty. Expecting clear and effective communication in every presentation, debate, or speech, she is always available to her students for guidance and feedback.
Meisenzahl and her team colleagues are noted as making an invaluable contribution when FHTMS moved towards expeditionary learning, leading the middle school by producing community and problem-based units that were well documented, standards-based, and cross-curricular. In addition, she has been a leader in the social studies department, working closely with her colleagues to refine the curriculum, and collaborating with specialists across the spectrum to enhance her teaching. Along with helping to bring Tuttlefest to FHTMS, Meisenzahl, has spent many hours collecting information and researching Personal Learning Plans and how these can be used in a purposeful and intentional way.
Seipke Recipient of the Dominick Marabella Support Staff Award
The Dominick Marabella Support Staff Award is given annually to honor a South Burlington School District employee who exemplifies Marabella’s love for students, outstanding work ethic, and dedication to peers and community. This year’s recipient is Ceili Seipke, an interventionist at South Burlington High School. Dom Marabella, a beloved educator who has served the school district in a variety of roles for over 50 years, was on hand during the award’s presentation to Seipke. In addition to an individual plaque, Seipke’s name will be engraved on the wall plaque that hangs in the superintendent’s office.
Seipke was honored for bringing many positive attributes to her role as interventionist. Described as having an innate sense of calmness, even when a student is having a challenging moment, Seipke is known to remember and celebrate each student’s successes. Invested in her students and the colleagues she works with, she is flexible with the daily changes that occur in community-based programming and understands the needs of all. Recognized as an asset to the district, Seipke never allows challenges to overshadow the person she is helping and is honored for her commitment to students and staff.
Administrators, Teachers, and Support Staff
10 Years of Service
Margo Antonioli, Elementary Teacher, Orchard School
Mary Dupont, Elementary Teacher, RMCS
Kristen Hall, Paraeducator/
Clerical Assistant, Orchard School
Daryll Kemp, Interventionist, Orchard School
Lissa McDonald, Assistant
Allison Monniere, Schools’ Out Assistant Coordinator, SBSD
Tammy Munger, Interventionist, RMCS
Andy Pearson, Technical
Support Coordinator, SBSD
Renae Preska, Elementary
Teacher, Chamberlin School
Alexis Scott, Elementary Teacher, RMCS
David Shiffert, World Languages Teacher, SBHS
20 Years of Service
David Bailey, Science Teacher, FHTMS
Cathryn Blanchard, Paraeducator, Chamberlin School
Tami Candib, LPN, Chamberlin School
Karen Crawford, Special
Education Teacher, SBHS
Tracy Garland, Elementary
Teacher, Orchard School
Roberta Jarvis, Interventionist, SBHS
Keelin McGrath, Elementary Teacher, Chamberlin School
Suzanne McKegney, Elementary Teacher, Chamberlin School
Edmond Parent, Custodian, Chamberlin School
Stanley Sankowski, Planning Room Assistant, SBHS
Stephanie Stec, Speech Language Pathologist, SBHS
Gail Welch, Paraeducator,
30 Years of Service
Annemarie Adams, Elementary Teacher, Orchard School
Delina Gilroy, Executive
Music Teacher, RMCS
Elementary Teacher, RMCS
Colleen Pecor, Elementary
Dayle Wright, Elementary Teacher, RMCS
35 Years of Service
Debra Courtemanche (R) Transportation Coordinator, SBSD
Susan Dattilio (L)
Administrative Assistant, RMCS