Susan Rosato, Colchester English Learner Teacher, named 2021 Vermont Teacher of the Year

Susan Rosato has taught English learners in Colchester’s school district  for more than 15 years.  She began as one of two part-time EL teachers and  developed the program until there were three full-time and one part-time teachers to serve the increasing enrollment and needs of EL students in the district.

Currently Susan Rosato serves as EL teacher at Colchester High School, collaborating with classroom teachers, guidance counselors, social workers, and administrators to teach and advocate for EL students from around the world, many of whom are new Americans.

“Sue’s ability to build meaningful and lasting relationships with students affords her a deep understanding of what it takes to support students as they learn the English language and acclimate to the culture of school in America,” said Amy Minor, Superintendent of Schools for Colchester School District.  “She values every student’s story – both what got them to her classroom and the part that is yet to be told.  Between curriculum and classroom lessons, translating documents, cheering for her students on the soccer field, communicating with families, coordinating summer school programs, and always welcoming her students at the door with a smile, Sue works tirelessly to ensure her students and their families feel safe, supported, and represented in our schools.”

Susan Rosario will be honored at the University of Vermont’s Outstanding Teacher Day, tentatively scheduled for April.  She is also Vermont’s candidate for the 2021 National Teacher of the Year award and will represent Vermont next Spring at the National Teacher of the Year program, typically held in Washington D.C.