Vergennes, South Duxbury based educators nominated for Teacher of the Year award

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VERGENNES — Mrs. Rebecca Coffey, a teacher at Vergennes Union High School in Vergennes, and Mrs. Sarah Ibson, a teacher at Harwood Union Middle School in South Duxbury, were nominated for teacher of the year awards in concurrence with National History Day.

Coffey is the senior division nominee from Vermont for the Hannah E. (Liz) MacGregor Teacher of the Year award.

Mrs. Ibson is the junior division nominee from Vermont for the Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year award.

Each of the fifty-eight National History Day affiliates may nominate one high school teacher and one middle school teacher respectively for these awards.

Every nominee for the $10,000 award is a teacher who demonstrates a commitment to engaging students in historical learning through innovative use of primary sources, implementation of active learning strategies to foster historical thinking skills, and participation in the National History Day Contest.

Nominees’ work must clearly illustrate the development and use of creative teaching methods that interest students in history and help them make exciting discoveries about the past.

Each nominee will receive $500 as a result of the recognition.

The national winner will be selected by a committee of experienced teachers and historians. The winners of the national awards will be announced at the awards ceremony for the National History Day contest in June.