Letter: Vote Winters in Planning Board Election

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To the Editor:

I am writing this post to support Chris Winters' bid for re-election to the Williamstown Planning Board.

For Williamstown residents, the right decision, the easy decision, is Chris Winters. Chris has served on the Planning Board for 10-plus years, and I am grateful that someone with such significant experience and knowledge is willing to serve another term. Chris has worked consistently to support the objectives in the Williamstown Master Plan while remaining well-grounded by an understanding of the challenges Williamstown faces.

These challenges include expanding economic opportunity, preserving our rural character, creating diverse housing options, keeping taxes affordable, maintaining top-notch schools and continuing to provide excellent public services.
Chris brings a rational approach and balanced perspective to issues that come before the Planning Board. He is pragmatic, thoughtful and attentive to the needs of all of Williamstown's residents. By definition, the Planning Board is concerned about the future of Williamstown. That future will be determined by the rules and regulations we put in place.

Smart and flexible planning will bring more opportunity to Williamstown. Chris has the experience and the vision Williamstown needs to plan for a brighter future. Please vote for Chris Winters on Tuesday, May 9. Polls are open at the Williamstown Elementary School from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Jane Patton
Williamstown, Mass. 




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Williams College Announces Four Recipients of Olmsted Awards for Secondary School Teachers

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College has awarded the annual George Olmsted Jr. Class of 1924 Prize for Excellence in Secondary School Teaching to four outstanding high school teachers.

The recipients are Katherine D. Nuzzo, a chemistry teacher at Joel Barlow High School in Redding, Conn.; Lois Sauberlich, an English teacher at Wrightstown High School in Wrightstown, Wis.; Brian Sheehy, a history teacher at North Andover High School in North Andover, Mass.; and Nickolas T. Wilson, a former English teacher at Northcoast Preparatory Academy in Arcata, Calif., and current English teacher at Durham High School in Durham, Calif.

Each year, Williams seniors nominate high school teachers who played influential roles in their lives and education. A committee of faculty, staff and students choose winners from among the nominees. Recipients of the award receive $3,000, and an additional $5,000 is given to each recipient's school. The Olmsted Prize was established in 1976 with an endowment from the estates of George Olmsted Jr. and his wife, Frances.

Katherine D. Nuzzo, Joel Barlow High School, Redding, Conn.

Megan Siedman ’20 reflected on her time as Nuzzo’s student in saying, "She has made me a problem solver, a future educator, and, in so many ways, someone who was capable of graduating from Williams College." Nuzzo is committed to helping her students reach their full potential both inside and outside of the classroom, and Siedman noted that Nuzzo encouraged her students to pursue every opportunity and challenge, fostering deep personal connections with them.

Since 1996 Nuzzo has taught chemistry at Joel Barlow High School. Beyond the classroom she has brought several programs to the school, including Unified Wellness, a program that brings together general education students, local gardeners, and students with special needs; the Connecticut Science Fair; and the Sikorsky STEM Challenge, in which students apply their STEM knowledge to solve a real-world problem. Nuzzo cares about the entire school community, and is a mentor for new teachers. Trained in social and emotional learning (SEL), she has spearheaded school-wide efforts to spread the SEL message among all members of the community.

Nuzzo sees her classroom as a place to learn real-world skills and reminds students to "be kind, do the right thing, know yourself and take care of yourself mentally and physically. Be flexible, find your passion, take risks, failure is how we learn, grades aren't who you are, but where you were at that moment in time, discover how you learn best, find your humor and above all become a contributing member of your community." Joel Barlow High School’s Head of School Gina M. Pin called Nuzzo "a changemaker who builds sustainability by shifting responsibilities to the students. [She] trusts the abilities of all students and challenges them all to think more deeply."

Lois Sauberlich, Wrightstown High School, Wrightstown, Wis.

Landon Marchant ’20 called Sauberlich "a tireless defender and advocate for those who cannot speak up or need an ally. Lois taught me what it looks like to stand up for oneself as well as others, when to be quiet and when to raise hell — a lesson that has informed my advocacy and life." Marchant added. "When I attended high school, no one talked about PFLAG, GLAAD, or HRC. We didn't use words like 'multiculturalism,' 'intersectionality,’ or ‘privilege.’ But Lois saw injustice and hurt, saw children wondering if they belonged in this world, and saw potential — she took all that in, and gave us everything."

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