Sherman Named VASE Outstanding Science Teacher of the Year
July 26, 2018 WESTFORD, Vt. - Kurt Sherman, a Westford School teacher, has been named the 2018 recipient of the Vermont Academy of Science and Engineering (VASE) Outstanding Science Teacher of the Year for grades K-8. With over 40 years of experience teaching at Westford, Sherman earned the award for his exceptional accomplishments in science and STEM education. He will be honored at a ceremony at Middlebury College on October 17.
VASE recognizes and honors Vermont's outstanding teachers by granting two annual awards to teachers in Vermont who have served as role models for their colleagues and are leaders in the improvement of science education. One award is given for a teacher of grades K-8 and the second for grades 9-12.
From rocket launches and river water testing to hydraulics and robotics, Sherman provides ongoing inquiry and engineering opportunities for his students. He has served as the building level science leader as well as on district committees throughout his teaching career. Sherman also takes part in organizing such events as the school science fair, Green Up Day, and school-wide celebrations.
The State of Vermont chartered VASE to honor the accomplishments of scientists and engineers, promote the interests of science and engineering within the state, educate Vermonters about the importance of those fields, and help state government resolve scientific and engineering problems.
VASE was founded in 1995 by, and reports to, the Vermont Technology Council, following a recommendation of the Vermont Science and Technology Plan of December 1994.