Luke Foley, Warren, is Vermont's 2014 Teacher of the Year. Foley teaches at the Northfield Middle High School in the alternative program.
Foley received the award on October 15 at a meeting of the state board of education that was held at the school.
As the 2014 Teacher of the Year, Foley will travel statewide visiting schools and working with teachers. In addition, he is Vermont's candidate for the National Teacher of the Year Award, sponsored by the Council of Chief State School Officers. Foley is to travel to Washington, DC, this spring for a reception at the White House, where he will meet President Barack Obama.
He is in his third year with the STAR Program at Northfield Middle High School. Foley has worked as a wilderness guide, field instructor and program director for several schools and programs in Vermont, the western United States and around the world. He also spent time in the classroom as a social studies teacher at Montpelier High School prior to his current position with Northfield's alternative program.
Foley received his master's in teaching from the University of Vermont and he has a bachelor's in international political economy from Colorado College. He is engaged in a fellowship with the National Park Service and Shelburne Farms called A Forest for Every Classroom. Additionally, Foley is actively involved with VT FEED (Food Education Every Day), the Center for Sustainable Systems and the Sustainability Institute at Shelburne Farms.