October 22uvmnd marked the 345h annual Outstanding Teacher Day. Each year University of Vermont honors exceptional educators around our state. Sara Villeneuve was recognized from FWSU. She exemplifies the five standards for VT teachers – Learning, Professional Knowledge, Advocacy, Colleagueship, and Accountability. FWSU is proud of our 2015 Outstanding Teacher!


“Sara is dedicated to her craft- she is always available for her students, her colleagues and the community. She makes sure that students have the opportunity to learn both inside and outside of the class.”  Principal John Tague

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Sara and Principal John Tague

We had the chance to ask Sara a little bit about her love of teaching after the award ceremony last week.  Here are her responses.

1. What excites you most about being a teacher?       
Building relationships.  Learning well means having trust and respect toward one another as student and teacher.  I loved getting to know my students, learning their talents, celebrating their successes and watching them grow.
2. How has your teaching changed since you started?
I seek creative ways for students to express themselves and their learning much more than I did when I first started teaching.  Whether it is through art, speech, drama, writing, or digitally-students can demonstrate their learning in a variety of mediums.
Sara receiving her award from the Dean of the UVM Department of Education

3. What is the important thing you have learned as an educator? 

To listen and appreciate more. Whether it is students or colleagues, I want them to know I care about them and value what they have to say, what they have learned, and what they have to share.  None of us are in a vacuum; when we collaborate and work together, that is what will make a strong school, community, and world.

4. What do you like to do for fun?
I love to play with my kids, spend time outside on warm and sunny days, and be with friends and family.
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Sara and Superintendent Ned Kirsch

Congratulations Sara! 

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