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Hatfield woman is Massachusetts teacher of the year

From left, Chairwoman of the Joint Committee on Education Alice Peisch,  Secretary of Education Matthew Malone, Anne Marie Bettencourt of Hatfield, Gov. Deval Patrick and Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester.


Photo credit: Eric Haynes / Governor’s Office

From left, Chairwoman of the Joint Committee on Education Alice Peisch, Secretary of Education Matthew Malone, Anne Marie Bettencourt of Hatfield, Gov. Deval Patrick and Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester. Photo credit: Eric Haynes / Governor’s Office Purchase photo reprints »

— Gov. Deval Patrick and Secretary of Education Matthew Malone Thursday joined state and local education officials to recognize Hatfield resident Anne Marie Bettencourt, a teacher at Springfield Central High School, as Massachusetts Teacher of the Year.

Patrick called the dedication to teaching of Bettencourt and other award winners an inspiration.

During a ceremony held at the Museum of Science, officials presented awards to Bettencourt, a ninth-grade English language arts teacher, as well as finalists and semifinalists of the teacher of the year awards and other honorees.

The program, administered by the Patrick administration, recognizes selects a teacher who exemplifies the dedication, commitment and positive contributions of educators statewide.

The Massachusetts Teacher of the Year is automatically the state’s candidate for National Teacher of the Year.

While remaining in the classroom, Bettencourt will serve as ambassador to the teaching profession over the next year by making speeches and conducting workshops throughout the state.

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