December 20th I welcomed school board members, faculty, staff, other members of the U-32 School Community, media, and the Vermont State Board of Education to U-32 to celebrate one of our own. Kate McCann was recognized as Vermont’s next Teacher of the Year. Kate has been with U-32 for 10 years and recently also received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching for 2015. I know that her involvement in mentoring National Board teachers, serving as the VCTM co-president, and participation in numerous district professional development presentations and trainings was a big part of what impressed the committee and I am appreciative of the work that Kate does to advocate for and improve the quality of math teaching in the state of Vermont. I also know that students in Kate’s classes, students that see her every day, are some of the best judges of who she is as a teacher, so I want to share some of their quotes about Kate:
“She was an awesome teacher this year. She made me understand and appreciate math a lot more.”
“I'd like to thank Kate McCann for helping me develop my math skills and develop a better work ethic.”
“Thank you for being willing to spend extra time tutoring me in Algebra II when I struggled the most with it (which was most of the time) and keeping me from failing it entirely. I'm a bit more comfortable with math thanks to you.”
“She is an outstanding math teacher who also is able to connect with students to help them best.”
“She's awesome and always willing to help with anything.”
This is an exciting time for U-32 and the entire Washington Central Supervisory Union, and I hope that you see in Kate the dedication that all the educators in our Supervisory Union have to the education of the children of Central Vermont. It is an honor to work with Kate, and I look forward to her continued leadership in teaching and learning. Thank you to her family, friends and colleagues for supporting Kate as the next Vermont Teacher of the Year.
Bill Kimball, Superintendent