Burr and Burton Academy Names Faculty Award Recipients
Recipients of annual faculty travel grants were announced at Burr and Burton Academy on April 2. “This is my favorite faculty meeting of the year, because we celebrate teamwork, professional development opportunities and the individual initiative for personal growth,” said headmaster Mark Tashjian.
Teacher Andrew MacArthur received the Bigelow Fund for Excellence, which encourages teachers to seek enriching experiences to deepen their knowledge and invigorate their dedication and passion for learning and teaching. He will be touring the American West in a refurbished school bus with his wife and their dog this summer to experience alternative living and adventure and focus on the relationship between success and happiness.
Long-time teacher Jon Wilson was awarded the Ormsby Hill Trust fund, which supports enrichment opportunities for history and English teachers. He will be participating in The Crossing, a 200-mile mountain bike race across northern England, and raising money for the Student Success Program while training.
The Rowland Sabbatical provides the opportunity for faculty members to continue their education, conduct research, experience other cultures through travel, and pursue projects related to their specific discipline at Burr and Burton. Instead of naming one recipient, this award was presented to four faculty members, Rebecca Allen, Jillian Joyce, Michele Emery and Cristin Rose, for various trips and professional development experiences. Rebecca will do research to propose starting a marine biology course at BBA by visiting the Bermuda Triangle; Jillian will explore native American history and climate change by visiting the glaciers and rivers of Montana, Idaho and Colorado this summer; Michele will attend the American Association of Teachers of French in Martinique while also studying the French culture on this Caribbean island; and Cristin plans to attend a wellness/mindfulness retreat to re-center and re-enegerize her professional career.
Finally, the two Rowland Chairs are awarded each year to acknowledge and honor teachers who are innovative, who inspire students and their peers, and who clearly have committed their hearts and souls to meeting the mission and vision of our school. This year’s recipients are special educator Beth McCoy and math teacher Joe Mundt.