On a snowy, stormy day that challenged the most skilled of winter drivers, the Roundtable navigated its way to Harwood Union High School in Moretown to make a surprise presentation of its 2016 New Medallion Award to an unsuspecting member of that faculty. In fact, the presentation was delayed slightly because the award recipient ~ Rachael Potts, Internship Coordinator and Employment Specialist ~ was out in the field with students and, when she arrived, was sporting her Sugarbush ski pass and snow boots.
In presenting Ms. Potts with the award, Chair Win Smith acknowledged her interaction with community members and local employers in assisting student with establishing internships and job shadowing. Joining in the presentation were Governor-elect Phil Scott and Agency of Education Secretary Rebecca Holcombe, each of whom spoke of the importance of improving equity in educational experiences and preparing students for success in career and college.
In accepting the award, which includes a certificate and money prize, Ms. Potts said, “It’s my job to help students figure out where their genius lies and how their interests could tie into their school day. The quality and depth of learning that takes place when students take advantage of these opportunities is truly inspiring.”
Ms. Potts will be presented with the monetary award during the Roundtable’s January 12th Annual Meeting. She will also participate on a panel addressing career readiness.
To watch WCAX coverage of the presentation, visit: http://www.wcax.com/story/33916971/harwood-educator-receives-award-for-helping-students-prep-for-college-careers