Educators Honored at 12th Annual Outstanding Teacher Awards

The Milton Foundation for Education's Outstanding Teacher of the Year Awards was held May 16.

Students, parents, school officials and members of the Milton Foundation for Education gathered at on Wednesday, May 16, to honor seven educators at the 12th Annual Milton Foundation for Education Outstanding Teacher of the Year Awards.

One teacher from each school was honored and an additional teacher earned the Mary Grassa O’Neill Award, which recognizes excellent teaching and leadership.

The 2012 winners are:

  • Catherine Friedman (7th grade English, )
  • Laura McDermott (2nd grade, )
  • Nancy Warn (US History and AP US History, Milton High School)
  • Meredith Kempf (Title 1 specialist, Grades 1-4 math, )
  • Erin Power (5th grade, )
  • Mary McCarthy (1st grade, )
  • Dyanne Crowley (English, Milton High School) the winner of the Mary Grassa O’Neill Award

MFE Trustee Nora Vernazza led the ceremony on Wednesday night, which followed a reception. Vernazza read a portion of the winners’ nomination letters before they addressed the audience.

One of the highlights of the evening was former Superintendent Mary Grassa O’Neill introducing the winner of her namesake award.

O’Neill shared feedback from Crowley’s former students and called her “Someone I have admired, respected and loved.”

Like many of her fellow honorees, Crowley gave credit to her coworkers.

“Any good I have done in my career has not been in isolation,” she said.

Kempf echoed that sentiment, saying “I truly believe in my heart, you’re only as good as the people around you.”

Many of the teachers also applauded their students.

“We do hard work in Room 25, but we also have a lot of laughter,” McCarthy said of her first graders at Glover School.

“I feel humbled by how graciously my students spoke of me,” Friedman said.

Warn articulated her philosophy about teaching while recognizing her high school students.

“Respecting students is one of the most important things we can do as teachers,” Warn said.

To learn more about the work of the Milton Foundation for Education, visit miltonfoundationforeducation.org.


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