The Class of 1959 Fund for a Career in the Classroom was established in 2009 to recognize excellence in teaching by a faculty member in the first years of their teaching career. “The aim of this fund is to encourage professionals with talent to remain within the teaching profession and to retain their talents at Miss Porter’s School.”
This teacher is a true interdisciplinary specialist, teaching physics, astronomy, and engineering, working in the Science and TIE departments, while also supporting our Office of Equity and Inclusion. I know she has plans to attend graduate school next year, but if this is an award meant to encourage promising young teachers to stay in the profession, then we have to at least do what we can to encourage her to stay, knowing full well that whatever she chooses, we were lucky to have had her, and that she will, like an Ancient, go on to shape a changing world.
This year’s Class of 1959 Fund for a Career in the Classroom recipient is Hadley Santana.