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Jennifer Lawson of Vergennes Union High School middle school wins Vermont Teacher of the Year

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    Ben Smith

VERGENNES — On Tuesday morning before the Vermont Board of Education honored Vergennes Union High School middle school teacher Jennifer Lawson as the 2011 Vermont Teacher of the Year, last year’s teacher of the year, Craig Divis of Bellows Falls, took to the podium in the VUHS auditorium.

“The single greatest factor in student success is a quality teacher,” Divis told the all-school VUHS assembly. “We’ve all had that great teacher who has inspired us, challenged us to be our very best. And as educators we strive to be that teacher.”

After the echoes had died down from the standing ovation Lawson received when her honor was announced, Lawson echoed Divis in explaining how she chose to teach.

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