- Linda Cloutier-Namdar
Every fall, the Vermont Agency of Education selects an exemplary educator to receive the title of Vermont Teacher of the Year. In October, the honor went to Linda Cloutier-Namdar, a ninth-grade English teacher at Essex High School. Her tenure will begin in January. Cloutier-Namdar, whom Essex Westford School District superintendent Beth Cobb calls a "superhero," serves as a mentor to fellow teachers, is a Flynn Center for the Performing Arts teacher leader and a member of the nonprofit Vermont Writing Collaborative. Two other teachers — Sara Doncaster, music director at Lake Region Union High School in Barton, and Karen Greene, English teacher at Middlebury Union High School — were also honored. The award is "recognition of all those dedicated teachers who come to work every day with the hope and determination to make a difference in the lives of the children and young people in their care," said Cloutier-Namdar. "I look forward to the opportunity to meet and learn from fellow professionals in Vermont and beyond in the year ahead."
To learn more about the Teacher of the Year program, visit education.vermont.gov/about-us/awards/teacher-of-the-year.