Chelsea Parker (PHS Class of 2020) & Lane Gibbs (PHS Class of 2021)
Mrs.Kristiansen, the art teacher at Poultney High School, has won the University of Vermont’s Outstanding Teacher Award!
This accolade is given to one teacher from each supervisory union in the state of Vermont. Principals are asked to nominate one teacher who goes above and beyond expectations, a teacher whose attendance is beneficial to the school for many reasons.
In his nomination letter, Mr, DeBonis described Mrs. Kristiansen by saying, "She always has time for the students and staff here at PHS...and she always makes sure that her students have the opportunities to succeed."
Seventy three teachers were nominated this past year, including four art teachers.
Ms. Paquette, a fellow teacher of Mrs.Kristiansen, called her a “wonder woman." She then went on to say she could talk about her strengths for hours.
Mrs. Jenkins, middle school math teacher, used the words “phenomenal” to describe her colleague.
Mrs. Kristiansen, who loves a good laugh, would appreciate the way student Ian Lynch describes her. He said, “she is fun and loud…. Particularly loud…. Yeah definitely loud.”
The principal’s son, Jacob Debonis, another student at Poultney High School, said, “I learn a lot from her teaching habits.”
Ms.Warnecke, middle and high school English teacher, described Mrs.Kristiansen by saying “she brings large school opportunities to a small school setting.”
Lastly, Mrs.Sarli, middle school English teacher, said, “she gives kids a bigger perspective on the art world. She has high expectations and knows that kids can meet them. She helps them to see beyond Poultney.”
In a recent interview, Mrs. Kristiansen, a modest individual who would not boast about herself, was asked if she had any outstanding teachers when she was a student. Mrs.Kristiansen then went on to explain how her favorite teachers were Ms. Etzeler and Ms.Miller. Both were humanity teachers at her school, and she remembered them right away because they told her that she could do anything; it is apparent that this left a lasting impression.
At the end of the interview, Mrs. Kristiansen closed by saying she believes there are many teachers at Poultney High School who deserve this award.
Congratulations, Mrs. Kristiansen!
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Lane Gibbs (2021)