Massachusetts charter school teacher is a Teacher of the Year

BOSTON – A humanities teacher at a Massachusetts charter school has been named the 2017 National Teacher of the Year.

The Council of Chief State School Officers announced the honor Thursday for Sydney Chaffee of the Codman Academy Charter Public School in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood. It is considered to be the first teacher in a public charter school to win the national award.

Chaffee teaches ninth-grade humanities at the school, where she has worked since 2007. She also directs the humanities department and manages a partnership between the school and a local theater group.

Her colleagues say that she helps the students with difficult backgrounds excel in the classroom, and teaches students to work on social justice.

Chaffee won the state Teacher of the Year award last May.

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