ASHBURNHAM — Stacie Brown, a science instructor at Oakmont Regional Excessive College, is the recipient of the 32nd Oakmont Affiliation Excellence in Training Award.
Brown, who teaches science on the college and is a 26-year veteran of the Oakmont school, just lately acquired the reward throughout a shock presentation. Brown’s members of the family and colleagues attending the ceremony within the college’s cafeteria.
“Stacie is a real Oakmont Spartan at coronary heart,” mentioned R. Lincoln Stiles Jr., who teaches historical past on the college and is a member of the Oakmont Affiliation, a gaggle of earlier award recipients that selects the winner annually. “She is without doubt one of the most reliable, hard-working and devoted lecturers we’ve ever had within the constructing. Through the pandemic, Stacie is persistently searching for the security of her college students and colleagues as we plan to reopen the varsity.”
Brown, a 1986 Oakmont graduate who lives in Gardner, mentioned receiving the award meant quite a bit to her, particularly as a result of it got here from the people who she has labored with for years.
“While you train you’re form of in your bubble in your classroom, and the truth that (my colleagues) understand what I do and the way a lot I do and selected to acknowledge me is simply unbelievable,” mentioned Brown, who’s the seventh Oakmont alum to be honored with the award. She added that receiving the award within the midst of the pandemic shutdown made it much more significant to her. “The shutdown is absolutely exhausting as a result of educating from house means I don’t have anybody to bounce stuff off of — it’s actually robust to get into a complete new routine.”
Brown graduated from Fitchburg State College with a bachelor’s diploma in chemistry and joined the Oakmont school in 1994. She later acquired her grasp’s diploma in science schooling from Fitchburg State, and has taught chemistry, Superior Placement chemistry, and environmental sciences programs at Oakmont. Brown has additionally taught a number of programs on the school stage, most just lately at Mount Wachusett Neighborhood School.
Leanne Roy, who has taught at Oakmont for the previous 18 years and was a former scholar of Brown’s, mentioned she might consider no higher recipient for the award.
“Stacie is energetic, loving, form, caring — I really feel so fortunate to have had her as a instructor and to be a colleague along with her,” Roy mentioned. “I do know that our college students are blessed, I used to be blessed to have her. She covers the entire plethora of what you want to have in a very good instructor and pal. And he or she’s enjoyable to be round.”
Stiles Jr., who acquired the award in 2006, mentioned the award is geared toward recognizing members of the school who go above and past for the varsity group each inside and outdoors of the classroom.
“Stacie was a simple choice, completely,” Stiles Jr. mentioned. “With the distant studying, she’s been proper on the forefront, attempting to ensure her college students are getting what they want. And being a science instructor, it’s exhausting (for Brown) as a result of the youngsters aren’t at school for the labs. And thru this complete reopening session, she’s been nice in ensuring to look out for the security of her colleagues and her college students.”
The impression Brown has had on her college students over time is clear from the variety of them who nonetheless stay involved along with her.
“Yearly, Stacie receives numerous emails from previous college students, and she or he by no means talks about it,” mentioned Dan Dufour, who teaches science on the college. “They constantly thank her for the teachings she taught them about success and failure, persistence and endurance, information and knowledge. They thank her for educating them superior methods of essential considering and evaluation of data.”
Enterprise and know-how instructor Wendy Leblanc mentioned it’s apparent that the scholars care quite a bit about Brown.
“On the day of the senior parade, it was Stacie’s birthday and college students had been bringing her birthday playing cards and her favourite present of strawberry licorice, though it was presupposed to be the seniors’ special occasion,” Leblanc mentioned. “You may inform she has an incredible, constructive impression on college students, in addition to makes a private reference to so lots of them.”
Dr. Shirley Griffin, who teaches science on the college, mentioned Brown’s ardour for studying is ongoing and her love for the scholars at Oakmont is her prime precedence.
“I had Stacie as a scholar, as a colleague in schooling via our a few years at Oakmont, as my chief as division chair, and finally my greatest pal,” Griffin mentioned. “We now have had so many adventures collectively attending conferences, studying World Informational Programs, and touring in all places collectively. However Stacie at all times drove as a result of she was at all times in cost, similar to she is within the classroom. It’s due to Stacie that so many college students at Oakmont have excelled in science.”
Brown has been the science division chairwoman on the college for a number of years and as soon as served because the science curriculum coordinator for the district, and has labored as a category adviser on a number of events. She has been a liaison between Oakmont Regional Excessive College and Franklin Pierce School, volunteering and scheduling potential lecturers to watch skilled lecturers within the schooling area. She has additionally volunteered to run skilled improvement classes for lecturers in laptop literacy and academic foundations.