Preseault 2016 ‘Outstanding Science Teacher’

Preseault 2016 ‘Outstanding Science Teacher’

Preseault 2016 ‘Outstanding Science Teacher’

Teacher Patricia Preseault, second form left, was named VASE Outstanding Science Teacher of the Year for 2015. She is shown with some of her students and paraeducator Kiki Stewart. Photo by Gary Baker.

Teacher Patricia Preseault, second form left, was named VASE Outstanding Science Teacher of the Year for 2015.
She is shown with some of her students and paraeducator Kiki Stewart. Photo by Gary Baker.

The Vermont Academy of Science and Engineering (VASE) has named Fisher Elementary fifth grade science teacher Patricia Preseault as Outstanding Science Teacher of the Year for 2015. The VASE annual award honors educators “who have sustained excellence in teaching while earning the respect of students, parents and teachers.” These honorees also “inspire students, stimulate critical thinking, and have developed innovative approaches to teaching methodology and curricula.”

Principal Deanne Lacoste wrote a letter nominating Preseault for the award. “Pat is an innovative and highly skilled scientist who also happens to teach elementary school. She emphasizes a respect for the scientific process while challenging her students to think critically and work through problems diligently and thoughtfully. Through regular classroom lessons or hands-on activities, Pat is able to make students of all ability levels feel successful and empowered in their learning.”

Preseault has taught for the past 38 years at Fisher Elementary. Recently, she spoke of her philosophy on education, “Children need opportunities for discovery with the teacher’s role being the guide, as opposed to the primary focus. My role is to provide activities which are hands-on and promote inquiry. In this type of learning environment, the children take on more ownership of their learning, have a higher level of engagement and have the opportunity to discover for themselves.” Preseault will receive her recognition during an awards ceremony on September 25 at the University of Vermont.

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