Gabriella Raccio
Gabriella Raccio (Submitted photo)

BRATTLEBORO — Gabriella Raccio, a teacher at Brattleboro Area Middle School, was honored with the Rising Star in Middle Level Education Award by the Vermont Association for Middle Level Education at the annual Scholar Leader Awards Banquet at Norwich University on June 1.

This new award honors teachers beginning their teaching career. Raccio was nominated by Principal Keith Lyman. Award criteria centers on meeting the educational needs of middle school students, using effective best practices, such as integrated curriculum, project-based learning, a focus on student voice, and reaching out for community partnerships. First and foremost is the nominee's passion for teaching in the middle level, grades 5 through 8, and making a positive difference in her school.

In addition, Raccio will become VAMLE's Vermont nominee for the New England League of Middle Schools 2017 Promising Practices Teacher Award. The Board of VAMLE has launched this annual award to honor educators who demonstrate excellence in teaching middle level students. Middle level students learn best when educators implement research-based best practices that match the developmental stage of these learners, as well as engage them intellectually, socially, physically, and emotionally in their learning.

"Middle level students thrive when they have an engaging, caring and passionate teacher who can deliver instruction through a multitude of pathways," said Betsy Memoe, President of VAMLE "These are the educators we honor tonight."



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