TA in the News

Thetford Academy has just been named one of five Vermont state finalists in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest, a nationwide competition to increase interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by challenging teachers and students to take topics out of traditional classroom settings and into local communities. 

Dean of Academics and STEM Chair Marc Chabot spearheaded TA's application for the contest. The school has been awarded two Samsung Galaxy tablets for achieving the status of finalist. During the next phase of the competition, Marc will create a lesson plan to address a STEM issue in an educational setting. Fifty-one state winners will be announced in early December. If Thetford Academy wins, we will receive a video technology kit and a technology package valued at $20,000.

Panthers Roar!

Congratulations to our Dean of Students and former TA Athletic Director Jade Huntington, who was inducted into the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday, November 15.

According to the program notes from the ceremony, Jade, who is Vermont's high school basketball career scoring leader, was one of the top female point guards to come out of Vermont, shining at the high school and collegiate levels. A 1988 graduate of Oxbow Union High School, Jade was a four-year starter and scored a state record 2,114 career points. She led the Olympians to four straight trips to the Vermont state championship game, including three straight undefeated seasons and Division III titles (1985-86-87).

The Vermont State Player of the Year her last three seasons at Oxbow, Jade went on to Vanderbilt where she was a four-year regular and three-year starter at point guard. She led the team in assists her last three seasons as the Commodores advanced each year to the NCAA Regional Semifinals. She finished her Vanderbilt career fourth all-time in assists and fifth in steals.

After graduation, Jade was an assistant college coach, most notably at Division I Colorado State. Currently Dean of Students at Thetford Academy, Jade served as Athletic Director from 2011-2014. She was named to the Vermont Principals Association Hall of Fame in 2004, tapped into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006, and selected number 21 in Sports Illustrated's Top 50 Vermont Athletes of the 20th Century in 1999.

Panther Pride!!

Science teacher, STEM coordinator and Robotics advisor Marc Chabot has just been named the recipient of two prestigious awards, one statewide and the other national. This spring, Marc will be receiving the 2014 Angelo J. Dorta Award for Teaching Excellence, the Vermont-NEA’s top teaching prize. According to the Vermont-NEA website, “the award, which c...arries with it a $1,000 cash prize, recognizes, rewards and promotes excellence in public school teaching and underscores high standards of service to students and to the teaching profession. The winner will represent Vermont in the national competition for the NEA Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence.”

Marc has also just been chosen as a Siemens STARs Fellow to participate in the 2014 Siemens Teachers as Researchers (STARs) Program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, in July. STARs is providing Marc and other winners across the nation with a two-week research experience at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), mini-workshops on transitioning research into the classroom, and continuing collaborative opportunities with ORNL scientists and other educators. This professional development opportunity is sponsored by the Siemens Foundation as a component of the Siemens STEM Academy, in partnership with Discovery Education and Oak Ridge Associated Universities. The award comes with a generous stipend and a small grant with which Marc may purchase equipment or supplies for his classroom.