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Springfield teacher named state’s top educator

May 7, 2013

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A ninth-grade English teacher at Springfield Central High School has been named the Massachusetts Teacher of the Year.

Anne Marie Bettencourt received the honor Tuesday from state Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester.

Bettencourt, a Hatfield resident and New Bedford native, originally went to Syracuse University to study screen writing. While in college she developed a passion for education when she mentored children at a youth center and spent two summers teaching seventh- and eighth-graders in Providence, R.I.

Bettencourt believes her greatest contribution to her students is getting them to realize their hidden potential by instilling in them the confidence and belief that they can achieve greatness.

Gov. Deval Patrick praised her for her “passion and commitment.”

Bettencourt automatically becomes the state’s candidate for the national award.

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