Verona High School teacher Stacey Smith was selected as an Unsung Hero in the Saint Michael’s College Teacher Recognition Program.
“Through this program, we honor those teachers who provide their students with the academic skills and moral support necessary to be successful in post-secondary pursuits,” said Jerry Flanagan, Saint Michael’s vice president for admission and enrollment management.
Smith was nominated by Margaret Dougherty, who is a graduate of Verona High School and a current first-year student at Saint Michael’s College.
“Dr. Smith deserves this recognition because she meets and exceeds the description of an Unsung Hero,” Dougherty said. “I do not recall a day when she was not excited to see a class or to help a student. She formed true bonds with each of her students. Her love of English mixed with her passion for creativity always made projects fun.”
“We feel very fortunate to have Margaret Dougherty as a member of our community,” VP Flanagan said. “I hope that the best and brightest from Verona High School will continue to come to Saint Michael’s College,” he added.
Saint Michael’s College, The Edmundite Catholic liberal arts college, provides education with a social conscience, producing graduates with the intellectual tools to lead successful, purposeful lives that will contribute to peace and justice in our world. Founded in 1904 by the Society of St. Edmund and headed by President John J. Neuhauser, Saint Michael’s College is located three miles from Burlington, Vermont, one of America’s top college towns. Identified by the Princeton Review, 2013 as one of the nation’s Best 377 Colleges, and included in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2013, Saint Michael’s has 1,900 undergraduate students and 500 graduate students. Saint Michael’s students and professors have received Rhodes, Woodrow Wilson, Pickering, Guggenheim, Fulbright, and other grants. The college is one of the nation’s top-100, Best Liberal Arts Colleges as listed in the 2013 U.S. News & World Report rankings.