This award identifies educators who seek new ways to excite and engage students in their education while preparing them for the future. The award process allowed me to reflect on my practice, which then allowed me to better my own teaching. Master teachers find ways of inspiring students to work hard. I am honored to be among these dedicated professionals while receiving an award for doing something I love to do. I share this honor with my family, colleagues, and — most importantly — my students. 

Lisa Marks Ludlow, VT | K-6, Science, 2014

Lisa Marks is in her 19th year of teaching. She has taught for 13 years at Ludlow Elementary School in the Two Rivers Supervisory Union. She currently teaches third grade. Lisa previously taught first through fourth grade at Reading Elementary School. Lisa embraces the Next Generation Science Standards in her classroom by creating hands-on experiences, engineering tasks, and group work that encourages collaboration and problem solving. Students in her classroom are excited and involved in their learning, using science as a springboard in all other academic areas. She is also in charge of the engineering club at Ludlow Elementary’s after-school program. Lisa spent the past summer at the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy as the Vermont winner for a week of science learning. She also spends summers collaborating with other teachers to create science curricula as well as attending science professional development. Lisa is a National Science Teachers Association member. She is currently a District Mentor Teacher and was part of a group of teacher leaders who created and trained other mentor teachers. Lisa Marks has a B.S., magna cum laude, in elementary education from Lyndon State College. She is certified in kindergarten through sixth grade education.