The mission of the Vermont Teacher of the Year Program is to promote the teaching profession and to recognize educators who are modeling “best practices" in Vermont’s schools. The Vermont Teacher of the Year is an outstanding teacher who represents the thousands of excellent educators in our state. He or she serves as an advocate for the teaching profession, education, and students.
Susan Koch, a Union Elementary School Kindergarten and First Grade teacher, has been selected as the 2016 Vermont Teacher of the Year.
In addition to teaching first grade, she has encouraged and developed the Educating Children Outdoors (ECO) Program in Montpelier. This outdoor education program has now spread to all of the grades at Union Elementary. All students are given the opportunity to learn in a natural setting throughout the entire school year. Also recognized are Alternate Anne Marie Mahar, a science and biology teacher for grades 11-12 at Rutland High School; and Finalist Stephen Rand, an English teacher at Harwood Union Middle and High School for grades 9-12.