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NO. R-165. JOINT RESOLUTION congratulating Michele Forman on being named the first Vermont recipient of the National Teacher of the Year Award.

(J.R.H. 122)

Offered by: Representatives Nuovo of Middlebury, George of Middlebury, Adams of Hartland, Alfano of Calais, Allaire of Rutland City, Allard of St. Albans Town, Amidon of Charlotte, Anderson of Woodstock, Angell of Randolph, Aswad of Burlington, Atkins of Winooski, Audette of South Burlington, Baker of West Rutland, Barney of Highgate, Bohi of Hartford, Bolduc of Barton, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Bourdeau of Hyde Park, Brooks of Montpelier, Brown of Walden, Carey of Chester, Clark of St. Johnsbury, Cleland of Northfield, Colvin of Bennington, Connell of Warren, Crawford of Burke, Cross of Winooski, Crowley of West Rutland, Dakin of Colchester, Darrow of Newfane, Darrow of Dummerston, Davis of Cavendish, Deen of Westminster, DePoy of Rutland City, Donovan of Burlington, Dostis of Waterbury, Doyle of Richmond, Driscoll of Burlington, Duffy of Rutland City, Emmons of Springfield, Endres of Milton, Fisher of Lincoln, Flory of Pittsford, Follett of Springfield, Freed of Dorset, Gervais of Enosburg, Goodridge of Albany, Grad of Moretown, Gray of Barre Town, Haas of Rutland City, Hall of Newport City, Heath of Westford, Helm of Castleton, Hingtgen of Burlington, Hooker of Rutland City, Houston of Ferrisburgh, Howrigan of Fairfield, Hube of Londonderry, Hudson of Lyndon, Hummel of Underhill, Johnson of Canaan, Jordan of Middlesex, Kainen of Hartford, Keenan of St. Albans City, Kennedy of Chelsea, Keogh of Burlington, Ketchum of Bethel, Kilmartin of Newport City, Kirker of Essex, Kiss of Burlington, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Koch of Barre Town, Krawczyk of Bennington, LaBarge of Grand Isle, Larocque of Barnet, Larose of Richford, Larrabee of Danville, Larson of Burlington, LaVoie of Swanton, Lippert of Hinesburg, Little of Shelburne, Livingston of Manchester, Mann of Leicester, Marron of Stowe, Maslack of Poultney, Masland of Thetford, Mazur of South Burlington, McGrath of Ferrisburgh, Metzger of Milton, Milkey of Brattleboro, Miller of Shaftsbury, Molloy of Arlington, Monti of Barre City, Morrissey of Bennington, Mullin of Rutland Town, Myers of Essex, Nitka of Ludlow, O'Donnell of Vernon, Obuchowski of Rockingham, Osman of Plainfield, Otterman of Topsham, Palmer of Pownal, Paquin of Fairfax, Partridge of Windham, Peaslee of Guildhall, Pembroke of Bennington, Pike of Mendon, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Pugh of South Burlington, Quaid of Williston, Reese of Pomfret, Rogers of Castleton, Rosenquist of Georgia, Rusten of Halifax, Schaefer of Colchester, Schiavone of Shelburne, Scribner of Bristol, Seibert of Norwich, Severance of Colchester, Shaw of Derby, Sheltra of Derby, Smith of New Haven, Starr of Troy, Stevens of Essex, Sweaney of Windsor, Sweetser of Essex, Symington of Jericho, Towne of Berlin, Tracy of Burlington, Valliere of Barre City, Vincent of Waterbury, Vinton of Colchester, Voyer of Morristown, Waite of Pawlet, Webster of Brattleboro, Webster of Randolph, Weeks of Wallingford, Westman of Cambridge, Wheeler of Burlington, Winters of Swanton, Winters of Williamstown, Wood of Brandon, Woodward of Johnson, Wright of Burlington, Young of Orwell and Zuckerman of Burlington.

Whereas, each year, the Council of Chief State School Officers and Scholastic Inc. publishers jointly designate a Teacher of the Year from among nominees representing every state, and

Whereas, Michele Forman, a history teacher at Middlebury Union High School, has most deservedly been named the 2001 Teacher of the Year, the first Vermonter ever to receive this highly esteemed professional accolade, and

Whereas, a native of Mississippi, Michele Forman has called Vermont home for the past 31 years, and

Whereas, she graduated with a degree in history from Brandeis University, and

Whereas, Michele Formanís first teaching experience was as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal, and she subsequently earned a masterís degree in education from the University of Vermont, and

Whereas, during her career, she has worked at every stage of education from nursery school to the university level, and

Whereas, for the past 15 years, Michele Forman has taught U.S. and world history at Middlebury Union High School, where she is a much beloved member of the faculty, and

Whereas, she has established a warm and inviting ambiance in her classroom which has proven highly conducive to serious academic pursuits, and

Whereas, on her own initiative, and initially as a volunteer, Michele Forman established a thrice-weekly early morning Arabic language class, putting into practice the language skills she learned from three summers studying Arabic at Middlebury College, and

Whereas, she is the academic advisor for both the schoolís student coalition on human rights and model United Nations, and

Whereas, Michele Forman serves on state and national advisory committees on educational technology, and

Whereas, her students so admire her that they offered to write letters of recommendation to the panel which selected the finalist, and

Whereas, she represents the finest attributes of the teaching profession, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly is delighted to congratulate Michele Forman on her selection as the first Vermonter to be named a recipient of the National Teacher of the Year Award, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Michele Forman at Middlebury Union High School.