Preseault Named Outstanding Teacher of the Year
Fisher Elementary fifth grade science teacher Patricia Preseault was named a UVM Outstanding Teacher of the Year for 2014. The annual award honors educators who best exemplify five standards of teaching: learning, professional knowledge, advocacy, colleagueship and accountability.
Fisher’s principal Deanne Lacoste wrote a letter nominating Preseault for the award.
“Patricia Preseault is an exceptional teacher who challenges students to think critically in a creative class-laboratory setting surrounded by plants and wildlife. She instills a level of respect for the scientific process while allowing students to feel personally successful whatever their skill level. She is an innovative and knowledgeable teacher whose students leave her class well-prepared for middle- and high-school level science classes. Her colleagues see her as a dedicated professional always willing to collaborate on projects, mentor new teachers, and offer clarity on past and best practices. I’m delighted to recommend her as a UVM Teacher of the Year.”
Preseault has taught for the past 37 years at Fisher Elementary. She holds a bachelor’s of science in elementary education with 48 additional college credits. She is a STAR-certified and TERC-
certified teacher who co-created the Fisher Science Club for accelerated science students in grades four and five. Preseault is a member of the National Education Association, Arlington Education Association and the National Science Teachers Association. Recently, Preseault spoke of her philosophy of 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 October 22 at the University of Vermont in Burlington.