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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint Concurrent House Resolution

H.C.R. 328

House concurrent resolution honoring George E. Hooker for his outstanding contributions to public education at Rutland High School

Offered by:  Representatives Andrews of Rutland City, Courcelle of Rutland City, Flory of Pittsford, Howard of Rutland City, McCormack of Rutland City and McNeil of Rutland Town

Offered by:  Senators Carris, Maynard and Mullin

Whereas, for three and a half decades, Rutland High School faculty and students have appreciated the dedication and enthusiasm of award-winning science teacher George Hooker, and

Whereas, after graduating from Castleton State College, George Hooker married Cheryl Mazzariello, a future Rutland County legislator, and began his pedagogic career at Rutland High School, and

Whereas, according to one of his long-time colleagues, for George Hooker “there is no such thing as contract hours” because “his time is the kids’ time,” and

Whereas, he is known as a uniquely innovative and creative teacher who is continually looking for new ways to engage his students, and on five occasions his students nominated him to be listed in Who’s Who Among American Teachers, and

Whereas, George Hooker’s desire to encourage students’ participation in worthwhile extracurricular activities and to spark their scientific curiosity motivated him to revive and then direct the school’s science fair, a responsibility he retained for many years, and

Whereas, realizing that not every youngster aspires to be Einstein, he also served as the advisor and coach for the forensic club, and

Whereas, in 1989, he won the University of Vermont’s Outstanding Teacher Award, and

Whereas, George Hooker was selected to teach in England as a Fulbright teacher, and he traded jobs and homes with a teacher in the United Kingdom during the 1990–1991 academic year in what was a special experience for both him and his family, and

Whereas, other professional honors bestowed on George Hooker have included the Rutland Natural Resource Conservation District’s Outstanding Conservation Teacher of the Year in 2003, the Vermont Academy of Science and Engineering Teacher of the Year in 2004, and in 2005, the National Association of Biology Teachers’ Outstanding Biology Teacher for Vermont, and

Whereas, at the conclusion of the 2007-2008 academic year, George Hooker will put down the chalk for the final time and conclude his 35-year tenure at Rutland High School, and

Whereas, he is looking forward to spending time with his wife, his four children—Sam, Molly, Emily, and T.J.—and his grandson Gabriel and to continuing his house-painting business, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors George E. Hooker for his outstanding contributions to public education at Rutland High School, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to George Hooker and to Rutland High School.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont