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Educator Recognition Programs

Teaching is both an art and science, the most difficult, most rewarding, and most important of careers. While all classroom teachers should be recognized on a daily basis, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education annually honors exemplary educators through various recognition programs, including Massachusetts Teacher of the Year, Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) and the History Teacher of the Year Program.

For more information on any of these programs contact:
Deborah J. Walker
djwalker@doe.mass.edu
781-338-3347

Sydney Chaffee, 2017 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year, 2017 National Teacher of the Year

2017 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year
2017 National Teacher of the Year

Sydney Chaffee
Ninth Grade Humanities Teacher
Codman Academy Charter School, Dorchester

Cara Pekarcik, 2018 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year

2018 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year

Cara Pekarcik
Science Teacher
North Quincy High School
Quincy Public Schools

Kevin Dua, 2017 Massachusetts History Teacher of the Year

2017 Massachusetts History Teacher of the Year

Kevin Dua
History Teacher
Somerville High School
Somerville Public Schools



Last Updated: October 21, 2017
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