MAU Middle School Teacher Wayne Bell to Receive Award
The Vermont Humanities Council has named Wayne Bell, a teacher at Mount Anthony Union Middle School in Bennington, Vt., as its 2013 humanities educator of the year. The first middle school teacher to be honored, Bell will be presented the award on November 16 at VHC’s fall conference. Bell, who is an English teacher, has earned acclaim for his extraordinary dedication to the lives of his students within and outside the classroom. Colleagues cite his professionalism, humor, compassion and innovative teaching methods as reasons his presence at the school is so highly respected. Bell is a team leader for Waterwheel, an after-school academic assistance program for individual student needs, has taught several years of Summer School English, and has held a weekly Writers Club for nearly a decade. He also produces a weekly School Wellness Letter and coordinates the school’s Caring Teachers Community Fund. These activities join a long list of Bell’s service to various committees, clubs, leadership teams, and board and volunteer groups. Perhaps the highest praise offered by Bell’s students, friends, and colleagues is for Bell’s capacity to personally invest in others, offering sensitivity and compassion when it is most needed.
The Vermont Humanities Council is a private non-profit working to bring the power and the pleasure of the humanities to Vermonters of every background in every community. The Council strives to make Vermont a state in which every individual reads, participates in public affairs, and continues to learn throughout life. Visit vermonthumanities.org for information.