CTRA Teacher of the Year: Michelle Pac

CTRA Selects Michelle Pac as Top Teacher
Michelle Pac

As she enters her 13th year as a teacher, Michelle Pac has come to love the time spent on field trips and outside the school as much as her experiences in front of a class.

Michelle, who teaches math at the Connecticut River Academy, has been selected by her colleagues as the Teacher of the Year. She will represent CTRA as a candidate for LEARN Teacher of the Year, which will be announced on Monday, Aug. 27, at the RESC’s annual Convocation.

She has built bountiful memories over the years. Her favorites revolve around overnight field trips and other time spent outside the classroom with her students and colleagues.

Here’s some more about Michelle:

Why did you choose to become a teacher?

I chose to become a teacher because I knew that I wouldn’t be successful in a traditional 9-5 job.  I liked the idea of every day being different while helping young people find their passions.

What is a fun fact about you?

I’m terrified of frogs.

How do you spend your summer vacation?

My summer is spent at my family’s cottage at the beach with a trip to Virginia thrown in to visit some of my closest friends each year.

What inspires you as a teacher?

What motivates me, more so than inspires me, is hearing from former students who are pursuing their passions and becoming productive citizens, knowing that I had a tiny part in their success.

If you could give your students any life advice, what would it be?

Don't make decisions based on those who will be disappointed by that choice; instead on whether or not you will disappoint yourself.

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