Teacher of the Year


By: Jeremy C. Fox

Massachusetts’ new teacher of the year credits her mother with inspiring her to take risks and never stop learning.

“On my first day of kindergarten, my mother dropped me off at school,” Sydney Chaffee, said Tuesday as she accepted the honor amid cheers from students and colleagues at Codman Academy Charter Public School. “And then she got back in the car and she drove herself to her first day of college, because she decided to re-enroll in college after 20 years away.”

Chaffee, 33, a ninth-grade humanities teacher at the Dorchester school, becomes the first teacher at a Massachusetts charter school to win the honor, state officials said. She will be the state’s candidate for the National Teacher of the Year Program.

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