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June 24, 2013

Six Pentucket teachers win Trailblazer awards

WEST NEWBURY — Six teachers were recognized for excellence at a meeting of the Pentucket Regional School Committee Tuesday.

Friends and families of the winners of this year’s Pentucket Education Foundation Trailblazer awards packed the meeting room at the high school, as PEF President Anna Marie Beech announced the winners. The recipients each received $500 for use in their classrooms.

Given each year through a nomination and selection process, the Trailblazer award “recognizes that teachers who demonstrate passion for their subjects, communicate dynamically and powerfully with students and are selfless in their commitment deserve to be recognized,” Beech stated in a press release issued prior to the meeting.

Teachers can be nominated by anyone — parents, students, other staff and faculty or community members at large. As has been the case in the past, Beech said there were many more outstanding applications than awards available this year. She encouraged those who submitted a teacher’s name who was not selected to apply again next year.

As she handed out commemorative plaques to the award recipients, Beech spoke briefly about why each was selected.

High School librarian Rachel Costello was recognized for her passion for libraries and her relentless commitment to bringing best practices and resources in technology to Pentucket’s students and teachers.

Janine Goldstein, a middle school English teacher, was lauded for creating a magical and nurturing atmosphere to inspire young writers to follow their dreams. Goldstein said she purchased a Google Nexus Tablet with the funds and is “most excited to be able to use the digital video and camera applications to document student work for display on a classroom website, as well as discover new ways for students to publish their work using various Google applications.”

Bagnall Elementary School’s Hilary Seager spearheaded an outdoor classroom experience for her students that utilizes Groveland’s conservation trails and teaches them how to observe the natural wonders of the world. “She cares deeply about her students and believes each one is a star,” said Beech.

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