BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) — Itâ€™s called the â€śOscars of teachingâ€ť â€“ the 2013 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year Awards â€“ a time when the stateâ€™s greatest teachers are acknowledged for their work in shaping our kids and the future.
During the program, Governor Deval Patrick shared his love for the teachers that impacted his life. â€śI credit the good parts of my character to the love that was shown me, attention that was paid, by those teachers in those classrooms,â€ť said Patrick.
Among the finalists was Paula Nickerson Plock, a fifth grade teacher at Williamstown Elementary School. Molly Tarleton, a spokesperson at Hannaford Supermarkets, said Plock was a leader in her school in reading fluency, comprehension and vocabulary.
â€śIâ€™m passionate about reading, I think itâ€™s the key to success,â€ť said Plock. â€śItâ€™s about students, itâ€™s about them feeling good about learning, about themselves.â€ť
Winners of the 2011 Presidential awards for outstanding math and science teachers across the country were also honored, including a math teacher at Monument Mountain Regional High School in Great Barrington and a science teacher at Springfield Central High School.
â€śI try to foster studentsâ€™ curiosity, I think I ask a lot from them, a lot of rigor and we really try to have a lot of fun,â€ť said Naomi Volain of Springfield Central High School.
â€śWhat Iâ€™ve learned from not only my parents but the wonderful colleagues I work with â€¦is that teaching is about imparting knowledge but itâ€™s also about building a community,â€ť said Kathy Erikson of Monument Mountain Regional High School.
A French teacher at Sharon High School, Kathleen Turner, took home the top honor â€“ Massachusetts Teacher of the Year. Turner will go on to become the stateâ€™s candidate for the National Teacher of the Year program.
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