Montpelier middle school teacher named 2020 Vermont Teacher of the Year

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MONTPELIER — The Agency of Education recently announced that Elisabeth Kahn, a French and Spanish teacher at Main Street Middle School in Montpelier, is the 2020 Vermont Teacher of the Year.

Kahn’s selection will be announced at an all-school assembly at school today.

Kahn will begin her tenure as Vermont Teacher of the Year on Jan. 1, 2020.

“It is an honor to represent the hardworking, devoted educators of the state of Vermont,” said Kahn. “As 2020 Teacher of the Year, I am eager to shine a light on all of the great work happening in schools across Vermont. I am particularly excited to work with my colleagues around the state to identify ways to reach students currently struggling to overcome barriers to their education.”

A middle school teacher in her bones, Elisabeth Kahn, who goes by Bibba, has taught in middle schools for more than twelve years.

She developed and led student travel programs in Europe and Africa for Putney Student Travel.

She brings grade 8 class on an annual trip to Quebec to use their skills in an authentic setting.

Kahn works hard to get to know her students, aware of the power of relationships in reaching all learners.

“Bibba Kahn is an inspiring teacher,” said Secretary of Education Dan French. “She is a talented instructor who is focused on the success of her students. She is also a leader in her school and her district, working to help her colleagues implement new best practices.”

As the 2020 Vermont Teacher of the Year, Kahn will travel statewide visiting schools and working with teachers.

She is also Vermont’s candidate for the National Teacher of the Year award, sponsored by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO).

Kahn will represent Vermont in Washington, D.C. next spring for the National Teacher of the Year program.

Since 1964, the Agency of Education has recognized outstanding Vermont teachers through the Vermont Teacher of the Year award.

Also recognized were the 2020 Vermont Teacher of the Year Distinguished Finalists, Bethany Morrissey, an Elementary teacher at Salisbury Community School and Emily Therrien, a Grade 10 English and Social Studies teacher at Randolph Union High School.