Massachusetts High School Teachers Honored With Technological Humanist Award

Teachers From Attleboro, Boylston, Braintree, Dorchester, Fall River, Mansfield and Westfield Receive Awards at WPI

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Bishop Feehan High School teacher Jacqueline Briant, right, admires her first-place trophy with student Jaimeson Porter, left, and the school's Math Department chair Ginny Jolin.

WORCESTER, Mass. - Worcester Polytechnic Institute presented its second annual Technological Humanist Awards to seven inspirational Massachusetts high school teachers during a dinner and awards ceremony at the university on May 6, 2004. The winners, hailing from high schools in Attleboro, Boylston, Braintree, Dorchester, Fall River, Mansfield and Westfield, were among the more than 70 teachers statewide who were nominated by their students earlier this year.

The Technological Humanist Award program was created by WPI to honor high school teachers who are outstanding educators and technological humanists -- people who demonstrate how science and technology can be used to make the world a better place. The seven winners inspire students and help them understand how science and technology can address important social issues and concerns, and affect real-world problems.

Jacqueline Briant, who teaches AP statistics and probability at Bishop Feehan High School in Attleboro, received the First-Place Award, which included $5,000 to be used for equipment purchases, professional development or other activities that enhance education at her school.

Briant was nominated by student Jaimeson Porter, who read her nomination essay to the audience at the awards ceremony. Bishop Feehan Math Department chair Ginny Jolin, who was representing Principal Christopher Servant, accepted the Technological Humanist Award trophy, which will be displayed at the school.

The Second-Place Award was presented to Michael Sullivan, the director of science at the Boston Latin Academy in Dorchester. The honor included a monetary award of $2,500 and a trophy. He was nominated by student Thomas Huynh, and was joined onstage by the school’s director of guidance, Catherine Chiu. The principal of Boston Latin Academy is Maria Garcia-Aaronson.

Alice Apostolou, who teaches AP chemistry and science at Tahanto Regional High School in Boylston, received one of two Third-Place Awards, which included a trophy and a monetary award of $1,500. She was nominated by Jeffrey Martin. Carol Bryngelson is the principal of the school.

Keith Azevedo, who teaches environmental issues at Mansfield High School, received the other Third-Place Award, which also included a trophy and a monetary award of $1,500. He was nominated by Amelia McWhirk as well as by Travis Dagenais and Katrina Elich. The principal of Mansfield High School is Brenda Hodges.

Three Honorable Mention Awards were granted, with recipients each receiving $500. They were

  • Timothy Ball, an integrated math 2 and integrated math 3 teacher at Westfield Vocational Technical High School. He was nominated by Levi Porter. The school’s director is Steven Pippin.
  • Carrie Causey-Foote, an Earth science teacher at Thayer Academy in Braintree. She was nominated by Anthony Aiello. The principal of the school is Michael Clarke.
  • Lori Cooney, a teacher of elements in Web design at Bishop Connolly High School in Fall River. She was nominated by Erin Malone as well as by Vanessa Coelho. The school’s principal is James McNamee.

The awards were presented by WPI President Edward Alton Parrish. Parrish headed the award’s five-person panel of judges. The other judges were Loring Coes III, Mathematics Department chairman, Rocky Hill School, East Greenwich, R.I., Arthur Doyle, assistant vice president of The College Board -- New England Regional Office, Raymond J. Griffin, Jr., Ph.D., director of The Christa Corrigan McAuliffe Center for Education and Teaching Excellence at Framingham State College, and Scott Kirsner, @Large columnist at The Boston Globe.

About Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Founded in 1865, WPI is a pioneer in technological higher education. WPI was the first university to understand that students learn best when they have the opportunity to apply the knowledge they gain in the classroom to the solution of important problems. Today, its first-rate research laboratories support master’s and Ph.D. programs in more than 30 disciplines in engineering, science and the management of technology.