Two Harwood Union High School science teachers have been recognized for their excellent performances in the classroom.
The Vermont Academy of Science and Engineering has named Carly Brown the 2019 science teacher of the year.
“She’s an outstanding teacher,” Harwood Principal Lisa Atwood said of Brown, who’s in her third year at the school. “She works with our ninth-grade team, and she’s really engaging them early to get them interested in science. She challenges them to think like scientists and be inquisitive and ask questions.”
In addition, high school biology teacher Ryan Morra has been awarded the Knowles Teaching Fellowship.
The award is given to promising math and science teachers who are just beginning their careers; Morra began teaching at Harwood a year ago.
Morra earned a bachelor’s of science in biology and environmental studies from Warren Wilson College in 2008. As an undergraduate, he received a grant from the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates. Ryan also earned a master’s of science in natural resources from the University of Vermont in 2013.
The Knowles Teaching Fellowship is an intensive five-year program that supports early-career, high school mathematics and science teachers in their efforts to develop teaching expertise and lead from the classroom.
Through the program, Knowles fellows have access to grants for expenses associated with purchasing classroom materials, engaging in professional development and spearheading leadership activities that have an impact beyond their own classrooms.
Brown was a 2014 Knowles Fellow, and in 2017 was recognized as an Unsung Hero by St. Michael’s College. Brown was nominated by a former student and was cited as being instrumental in their success.