Annie Nutt: 2005
American School for the Deaf
Mystic Seaport is proud to announce the recipient of the 2005 Orion Award is Annie Nutt from the American School for the Deaf in West Hartford, CT. Annie has been a teacher at ASD for almost 20 years, teaching both in the humanities and sciences during the course of her career. She is highly regarded by her colleagues, students, and their families.
Annie has taken advantage of the Museum’s summer professional development institute The Human Tide, and the school overnight program Ship to Shore immersing her students in maritime life and culture at Mystic Seaport. She has the unparalleled ability to find “teaching moments” in the most unexpected places extending the lessons learned here not only to the classroom, but also incorporated them–and a bit of luck–into a truly remarkable experience.
In August 2004, Annie participated in The Human Tide, the Museum’s weeklong summer institute examining American immigration and the sea. Great educators find teaching moments in unexpected places. While trawling Long Island Sound with her students, a wallet emerged from the sea. Annie immediately thought of teaching techniques learned at Mystic Seaport and turned the discovery into an historical investigation. With permission from the owner, Annie’s students used the wallet and its contents to create a portrait of his life. “John Wallet”, as he was affectionately named by the students, became a presence in the American School for the Deaf classroom, serving as an informant in the students’ investigation of his life. It was an unparalleled opportunity for sharpening critical thinking and research skills.