Thursday November 17, 2011
Suzanne McKegney, 5th grade teacher at Chamberlin Elementary School, and Stephen Barner, Information Technology teacher at South Burlington High School (SBHS), were honored recently as the South Burlington School District’s “Outstanding Teachers of the Year” at an awards ceremony at the University of Vermont (UVM).
“Just plain amazing.” That is one of the terms that former Chamberlin School Principal Judi Maynard used to describe McKegney in nominating her for the prestigious award. “She has an innate ability to perceive the uniqueness of each of her students and to help them to succeed academically and socially,” Maynard said of McKegney. “She is truly connected to the individual needs of all of her students, regardless of their abilities, and works tirelessly to build relationships with each student. Teaching is not just a job for her; it is her passion.”
SBHS Principal Patrick Burke was equally effusive in praising Barner. “Steve Barner goes above and beyond the already complex demands and requirements of his job as Technology Education Curriculum Area Supervisor and Teacher Leader,” Burke emphasized. “Steve teaches more courses than are required for a teacher leader because he believes in his students and wants them to have access to rigorous technical education content.” In addition, Burke noted that Barner “helps students before and after school hours, and he takes on various formal and informal leadership roles in the school district, region, and state.”
The ceremony marked the 31st annual “Outstanding Teacher Day,” an event held by UVM’s College of Education and Social Services (CESS) and Vermont Supervisory Unions and School Districts to honor exceptional Vermont educators. UVM CESS Dean Fayneese Miller, Vermont Education Commissioner Armando Vilaseca, and Vermont-National Education Association President Martha Allen joined in recognizing McKegney and Barner’s achievements.
SOURCE: Bill Wargo, Correspondent