Windham educator earns Lowell Milken Center fellowship
Bethany Bernasconi recently returned from a week-long conference held at the Lowell Milken Center (LMC) for Unsung Heroes in Fort Scott, Kan., where she joined forces with five other educators from around the United States, as well as Europe.
Bernasconi, who holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Boston University, began working at Windham High School when it opened in 2009.
In 2012 she was named New Hampshire Teacher of the Year and currently serves as an ambassador for educators on matters of state and national policy, professional learning and teacher effectiveness.
“I was thrilled and honored when I got that call,” she said.
On June 15, Bernasconi arrived in Kansas for a week of collaboration with LMC officials and networking with some of the other fellows.
In 1999, the then-high school students embarked on a year-long National History Day project, inspired by a story they’d read about Irena Sendler, who reportedly saved 2,500 children from the Warsaw ghetto during World War II.
The Windham teacher said she’s looking forward to sharing the skills she’s gained in Kansas with her students back home, particularly when it comes to encouraging young women to pursue studies in science and engineering.
“She brings to the classroom the recognition that she, too, must find a way to make this living world personal and meaningful to each student so that they fall in love with the ideas of complexity, beauty and preservation,” Conard said. “Her measure of success is the education of students, as well as her ability to inspire them.”
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