Congratulations to the 2019 Teachers of the Year: Maria Blackburn, Sarah Handy, and Dr. Christine Marshall.
The Lower School Teacher of the Year was described by her colleagues as, "a teacher who hears her students, loves her students, understands her students, and meets them where they are." Someone who "respects her students, sets a peaceful example for her students, listens to her students, and teaches them to listen to each other," while caring for them as if they were her own. Maria Blackburn was announced as this year's recipient during a Lower School end of year gathering earlier this week.
The Middle School Teacher of the Year, Sarah Handy, was described by a peer as "one of the most passionate, genuine, and caring people I have ever met. She puts her students first and herself second." In her remarks during the Middle School closing ceremony, she encouraged her students to "be positive, be energetic, and love yourselves."
Dr. Christine Marshall was named Upper School Teacher of the Year during the school's closing ceremony last week. Dr. Marshall is a teacher who has created a Global Literature course. She infused the curriculum with a healthy dose of social awareness by challenging her students to live on $2.00 a day for one week, and then had them reflect on the experience. She advises a club known as SAGE: Students Advocating for Gender Equality, which spearheaded providing each of the single stall bathrooms on campus with hygiene products.
An accomplished poet and beloved by her students, she was described as "a nurturer who feels a deep concern for student well-being, (and) is driven by an ethical commitment to justice without revenge -- justice with kindness. Her powerful writing has an ethical component -- it challenges readers while taking their needs into consideration; it does right by its readers -- so does her teaching."