The ETA Chapter of the organization gives the award to honor "women educators in the first three years of their teaching career who inspire others through their creative projects and lessons, student-management skills, and the use of technology," according to a release from the school.
Tessier was nominated by principal Deanne Lacoste, who had observed Tessier in her classroom multiple times. "Michelle is a credit to her profession," said Lacoste, "She is a talented educator who successfully integrates modern technology with best-practice pedagogy to engage learners in a well-managed and creative environment where students of varied abilities thrive under her direction."
Tessier received her undergraduate degree in education from the State University of New York (SUNY) Oneonta, and holds a master's degree in special education from SUNY Albany.
Delta Kappa Gamma, which describes itself as an international society for key women educators, is established in 18 countries, across three continents. It was founded in 1929 at the Faculty Women's Club at the University of Texas in Austin by Dr. Annie W. Blanton, a faculty member and former state superintedent of public instruction. Blanton conceived of the idea and selected 11 other educators from Texas to help her create the society.
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