On Tuesday, September 27, 2011 Vermont's Commissioner of Education accompanied by Dr. Steven John, Superintendent of Schools, Emily Long, School board Chair, Dr. Dorinne Dorfman, Principal of Leland and Gray, all of Leland and Gray's roughly 400 students, faculty, staff, and her parents from China, offer their standing ovation to a deserving Ms. Chen, recipient of this year's "Teacher of the year" award. Congratulations Tong Chen!
Dr. Steven John's Comments ~
Ms. Chen is a remarkable teacher and most deserving of this recognition - Vermont's 2011 Teacher of the Year. In her classes I always observe intensely focused engagement by every student combined with high expectations for communicating effectively in Chinese. Students find Ms. Chen's energy, enthusiasm, and sense of humor irresistible. She loves all her students and they reciprocate by rising to her expectation, "You too will learn Chinese. I know you can!"
Perhaps the most important lesson our students learn from Ms. Chen is this. Extremely hard work to meet a challenging academic goal is well worth the effort. Congratulations Tong Chen, and thank you for teaching our students at Leland and Gray!
Steven B. John, Ed.D.
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