Samantha Futrell, a middle school teacher at St. MIchael's Episcopal School was our #VCSS19 recipient of this award. She worked with her students to create podcasts on the UN Sustainable Goals. This involved student voice and choice, as well as agency.
Check out the podcast with co-teacher Rebekah O'Dell (Season 5) here.
The #VCSS19 Friend of Education this year was the Jamestown Yorktown Foundation for their continued efforts helping teachers in our schools and commitment to public history. Highlighted was the "Tenacity" and "Forgotten Soldier" exhibits that shared the struggles and contributions of many whose voices so often remain unheard.
The VCSS Betsy Barton Teacher of the year was honored at #VCSS19. Kimberly Hammers received her award from John Barton, who gave a touching speech about Betsy before honoring our new teacher of the year. Of particular note was the fact that Ms. Hammers conceived of the idea and implemented the Guinness World Record activity in which Grassfield High School became nationally recognized for holding the largest in person politics lesson. But that is just one of the many spectacular things she does in the classroom for her students.