Mass Insight Education Announces Partners in Excellence Teacher Award Winners


Mass Insight Education is proud to announce that twenty-two teachers from across the state have been selected as Partners in Excellence Teacher Award winners for their outstanding contribution to student achievement and their dedication to College Success in the Mass Insight’s AP STEM program during school year 2013-2014. Mass Insight provides the state’s largest at-scale academic STEM program in Massachusetts, designed to increase participation and performance in Advanced Placement science, math, and English courses.

This second annual award celebration is supported by Partners in Excellence, a group of philanthropic individuals, corporations, institutions, and foundations committed to teacher excellence in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. The Partners in Excellence Awards Celebration is on April 17th, 2014 at the Museum of Science, Boston. The event is cohosted by Partners in Excellence philanthropists Joshua Boger, Rick Burnes, and John Davis, as well as Biogen Idec Foundation and Worcester Polytechnic Institute – with support from Thermo Fisher Scientific and Vertex Pharmaceuticals.

"I've been working in and around schools my entire career, so I know first-hand the teaching talent we have in our public schools," said Michael Contompasis, who heads Mass Insight Education's AP STEM program. "It's inspiring that individuals from outside the academic world have established Partners in Excellence to recognize the vital role teachers play in our communities' economic growth."

The awards recognize the program’s top math, science, and English AP teachers from five regions across the state. The winners are as follows:

Nora Tsoutsis
John D O'Bryant School of Math & Science, Language

Lauren Akashian
Dracut High School, Language

Theresa Pellegrino
Dracut High School, Language

Kerryann Tracy
B.M.C. Durfee High School, Literature

Michael Fuller
Palmer High School, Language

Allison Bergeron
Drury High School, Language

Sara Luczynski
Drury High School, Language

Molly Meczwyor
Drury High School, Literature

Jason Joseph
John D O'Bryant School of Math & Science, Calculus AB

Juan Tapia
John D O'Bryant School of Math & Science, Calculus AB

Paul Marques
Malden High School, Computer Science

Richard Gill
Peabody Veterans Memorial High School, Statistics

Kristine Holloran
Dedham High School, Calculus AB

Ronald Cochran
Nipmuc High School, Calculus AB

Amy Gilchrist
Nipmuc High School, Statistics

David Carlos
Springfield Central High School, Calculus AB & BC

Thy Duong
Springfield Central High School, Calculus AB

Zelia Dias
John D O'Bryant School of Math & Science, Chemistry

Tamas Juhasz
Peabody Veterans Memorial High School, Chemistry

Robin Laurens
Northbridge High School, Biology

Tara Vaidya
South High Community School (Worcester), Physics B

Mark Scott
West Springfield High School, Environmental Science