NORTHFIELD (AP) -- Vermont’s 2014 Teacher of the Year is an alternative program educator at Northfield Middle High School.
Luke Foley of Warren was named Tuesday by Vermont Education Secretary Armando Vilaseca and Stephan Morse, the chairman of the state Board of Education.
Vilaseca says Foley exemplifies many of the practices educators are trying to incorporate into schools. Alternative programs provide flexible schedules, applied and hands-on learning, and internships.
Foley will travel across the state and work with teachers. He also will be Vermont’s candidate for National Teacher of the Year.
"I’m incredibly excited for the opportunity to continue sharing the work that my students, colleagues and I have been doing," Foley said. "The way in which we are approaching education -- using real-world problems to develop critical academic skills, while also servicing our school and community -- is an innovative and creative design that challenges every student to hone their skills, cultivate their passions, and find meaningful ways to contribute to the world around them."
Foley has worked as a wilderness guide, field instructor, and program director for several schools and programs in Vermont, the western United States, and around the world. He also was a social studies teacher at Montpelier High School before taking on his current job with Northfield’s alternative program.
The alternate teacher of the year also announced Tuesday is Katy Farber, a 6th grade teacher at Rumney Memorial School in Middlesex. The finalist is Valerie Gasco, a special educator at Riverside Middle School in Springfield.
Vermont has participated in the Teacher of the Year program since 1964.