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Addison Northwest School District Educator Nominated for
National LifeChanger of the Year Award

 October 16th, 2018 – Ferrisburgh, VT – Ferrisburgh Central School fifth and sixth grade teacher Judy Elson has been nominated for the 2018-2019 national LifeChanger of the Year award.

Elson was recognized as a LifeChanger in her community for her dedication to her school’s sustainability program. She coordinates with kitchen staff to plant vegetables, prepares the garden using cafeteria compost, and organizes parents to help during the summer so that students returning to school in September can enjoy the fresh harvest in their lunches.

Elson also works tirelessly writing grants so her students can experience science in nature, traveling to quarries, whale watches, recycling centers, lakes and streams. Her students are so engaged in science, and they understand why the scientific method is important for all to know because she connects science to their everyday life experiences.

"It's hard to explain in one paragraph how integral Mrs. Elson is to the community, but she is the heart and soul of FCS," said Beth Brodie, Elson’s principal and nominator.

Sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation, LifeChanger of the Year recognizes and rewards the very best K-12 educators and school district employees across the United States who are making a difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership.

The ANWSD’s Nominees for the

UVM Outstanding Teacher of the Year

 The Addison Northwest School District is proud to announce its two nominees for the UVM Outstanding Teacher of the Year 2018.

The University of Vermont offers the opportunity that an educator chosen by our Supervisory Union/District to be recognized at the UVM Outstanding Teacher Day in 2018. Each year UVM recognizes outstanding teachers throughout the state through a ceremonial event that takes place in October. Each participating supervisory union or school district can nominate two teachers and one technical center teacher. All outstanding teachers are recognized by their peers, administrators, parents and/or students as exemplifying across the Vermont Core Teaching Standards.

Stacy Valcourt has been giving her heart and soul to educating students with learning challenges for 18 years as part of the ANWSD community. Stacy always puts the needs of her students first. She is consistently pursuing new trainings within the field of Special Education so her students have the latest access interventions that will help them meet their individual learning needs. She has been an outstanding mentor and role model for peers and students; she also brings infectious energy and enthusiasm every day to the ANWSD community. She inspires her students and colleagues to be their best that they can be and is always willing to help others and continue to try new methods to meet the needs of all learners.

Melissa is an exemplary teacher. She plans and prepares diligently for every class. As a result, her lessons and activities are thoughtful and engaging. She instills a passion for science, she personalizes, she has an open mindset and continues to grow as a teacher, she tries new things, she is patient (she works with middle schoolers!), she's interactive, she inspires kids to go on and study more science, she knows kids and plays to their strengths while helping them recognize and address their weaknesses. Most of all, she makes kids realize that they are special. For all these reasons and more, Melissa Muzzy is the Vergennes Union Middle and High School Outstanding Teacher.

Superintendent Sheila Soule

August 2018

Dear Addison Northwest School District Family,

On behalf of the Addison Northwest School District Board and Central Office Administrative Staff, allow me to be among the first to welcome you to the 2018-19 School Year. We are all very excited to begin another year in fulfillment of our goal to successfully educate our learners through high expectations for student achievement and an unrelenting commitment to excellence. It is vital as a school community that we remain focused on our mission to achieve our goals by aligning our priorities and decisions with these outcomes in mind as it is the true reason we are all here; to help our students reach their fullest potential both academically and socially.

Many of our staff have been working hard this summer in support of the school year ahead. ANWSD administrators, custodians, educators, and central office staff have worked hard doing many essential tasks that many do not see or appreciate, such as curriculum development, lesson planning, scheduling, hiring new staff, rolling over student information systems and financial accounts, archiving student records, and deep cleaning the schools. This year had the added challenge of major construction projects, which were both complex and exciting. Now we welcome the energy and promise of the new school year, and eagerly await the arrival of our students.

As a new Superintendent, I look forward to learning more about our unique communities, and what life is like in ANWSD for our students and staff. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any of your ideas, questions, or concerns.


Sheila Soule
Superintendent of Schools
Addison Northwest School District
(802) 877-3332 ext 101

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