SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — An educator at Springfield’s Central High School has been honored with one of the highest awards given out to teachers.
Anne Marie Bettencourt was named the state’s teacher of the year.
It’s an honor that symbolizes the best of the best.
Anne Marie Bettencourt teaches English at Central. She is so effective that she was recognized at the teacher of the year, the best of the entire Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
“I see them not just as a student in English, but a student overall. It’s really easy to forget that we don’t teach history or science or math. We teach students and that’s how we have to seem them as whole people,” says Bettencourt.
Bettencourt doesn’t need awards to know she is making a difference. Her students are proof that she is making her mark in education
“She helps me and all the other students in the tough times. She gives helpful anecdotes and always knows the right things to say and without her, I wouldn’t be where I am,” notes Courtney Stewart.
“I’m happy for her. I’m happy for her family, and I’m happy for Central High School and I’m happy for the City of Springfield,” says Springfield Superintendent of Schools Daniel Warwick.
Bettencourt also works with other educators as a mentor, one of the many reasons she was chosen as a standout teacher. She sees potential in every student she connects with.
“Patience, perseverance, and seeing students in there entirety and not just for that one moment inside the classroom,” Bettencourt notes.
Bettencourt is now in the running for the national Teacher of the Year program.