The Orion Award for Excellence in Experiential Education was introduced in 2005 in honor of Mystic Seaport’s 75th anniversary. The annual award recognizes stellar teachers who are inspiring to their students and to their colleagues. Teachers who are willing to take chances, to take full advantage of the resources that are available to them, to be creative and to be ready to turn an unexpected moment into a spectacular teaching opportunity. And, perhaps most importantly, teachers who radiate the joy of learning, as well as of teaching.
Here are the Museum’s Orion Award recipients.
Macy Kleinfelder, the Dean of Student Affairs and a history teacher at The Williams School in New London, Connecticut, is the 2014 recipient of the Orion Award for Excellence in Experiential Education. Kleinfelder received the Award at the annual Members Meeting at Mystic Seaport on Saturday, September 27.
Emily Schimelman, a fourth grade teacher at Hamden Hall Country Day School in Hamden, CT, has been named the 2013 recipient of the Mystic Seaport Orion Award for Excellence in Experiential Education. She was honored at a reception at the Museum’s Maritime Gallery on September 27.
Michael Graham, a history and civics teacher at the Charles Morgan School in Clinton, Connecticut, was awarded the 2012 Mystic Seaport Orion Award.
This year’s Orion Award was presented to the entire staff and faculty of West Broad St. School in Pawcatuck, CT during the reception for the donor recognition dinner on September 23.
Jason Hine, a Social Studies teacher at East Lyme High School in East Lyme, CT, has been awarded the Mystic Seaport Orion Award for Excellence in Experiential Education. He was honored at an awards dinner May 21.
Gay Long, a fifth-grade teacher at Pine Point School in Stonington, CT, is this year’s recipient of the Mystic Seaport Orion Award for Excellence in Experiential Education.
William Federowicz, a sixth grade teacher at Booth Hill Elementary School in Shelton, has been named the 2008 recipient of the Mystic Seaport Orion Award for Excellence. Federowicz was honored at an awards dinner in May.
Wendy Halsey, of Montville, CT, has been named the 2007 recipient of the Mystic Seaport Orion Award for Excellence.
Heather Hug and Olivia Hersant, teachers at Lyme/Old Lyme Middle school were named joint recipients of the Mystic Seaport Orion Award for Excellence in 2006.
Annie Nutt from the American School for the Deaf in West Hartford, CT is the recipient of the 2005 Mystic Seaport Orion Award. Annie has been a teacher at ASD for almost 20 years, teaching both in the humanities and sciences during the course of her career.