Mt. Mansfield Union High School Teacher Wins $1,000NASDAQ National Teaching AwardLaurel Ann Butler of Colchester, a teacher at Mt. Mansfield Union HighSchool in Jericho, was one of five regional semi-finalists in the annualNASDAQ Teaching Awards competition. The $1,000 award was announced by theNational Council on Economic Education and the NASDAQ Stock MarketEducational Foundation.Butler was one of 25 teachers nationwide and five in the northeast toreceive a total of $70,000 in prizes from the competition. The awards arebased on “best practices” lesson plans that can be easily replicated inother classrooms across the country. Her lesson, Creative Dreams withEnterprising Themes, was judged based on the following criteria:· Innovation and originality;· The degree to which the activities of the lesson engaged the students;· Correctness of economic content;· The use of a variety of appropriate instructional techniques;· The ease with which the lesson or activities can be adapted for use byother teachers;· The degree to which the lessons are correlated with national and statestandards in economics as well as other subjects as applicable; and· The effectiveness of the evaluation process.Laurel Butler has taught at MMU for the past three years and before thatworked in the private business sector. Her business experience hasprovided her with a wealth of experience that she uses in her classes atMMU. In Creative Dreams, her students combined economic and businessprinciples, social awareness, and civic responsibility in a unique andinnovative way. Her NASDAQ Teaching Award is a testament to the qualityof her teaching and innovation.