Each year, the Massachusetts Teacher of the Year program honors a licensed preK–12 Massachusetts public school teacher who exemplifies excellent teaching in the Commonwealth. Beyond celebrating the individual, the program looks at the complex work that is involved in educating all students. The program highlights student achievement, educators' commitment to the profession, innovations in education, and teacher leadership. The Teacher of the Year program draws attention to issues of teacher quality and reiterates the importance of the teacher as the single most important school-based factor in improving student outcomes.
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The Teacher of the Year is an exemplary educator who will serve as a liaison to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and as an ambassador to other teachers in the state.
The Teacher of the Year must also demonstrate:
Opportunities for the Teacher of the Year:
Teacher of Multilingual Students
Witchcraft Heights Elementary School
Salem Public Schools
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Marta García holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature from the University of Valladolid in Spain and a Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Salem State University. She is a recipient of her school district's Read Trust Excellence in Science Teaching Award and is a former nominee for the Massachusetts Association of Teachers of Speakers of Other Languages' Teacher of the Year award. She has served on the Equity Matters Team for her district and on multiple curriculum and English learner teams and task forces.
She includes elements of social justice and environmental justice in her teaching, and she empowers students to view each other with respect and to understand how they can improve the world. García tries to help students nurture their identities and feel proud of their origins as they add a new culture and language to their knowledge. She considers herself the bridge on which students can navigate opportunities coming from their native and new cultures, embracing both. She hopes to amplify the voices of her students and their families and to help people learn from her multilingual students with empathy, humility, and humanity.
If you have questions about the Teacher of the Year Program, please email the Educator Recognition mailbox at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Last Updated: May 13, 2022
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