Year Honored: 2008Kindle Farm School
At the time of the Award, Shannon Lamb was:Teacher
Kindle Farm School
Subject(s) taught: General Elementary
Grade(s): 4, 5, 6
Shannon Lamb has helped achieve remarkable academic achievement among students in grades 3-7 at Kindle Farm School, an all-boys school in Newfane, Vermont. As the school's lead educator, Lamb works with students who have been classified as "at-risk" in traditional educational settings, providing them with a safe classroom environment in which they can be creative, take risks and stretch beyond their perceived limits. She engages her students in hands-on, project-based lessons aligned with the school's multiple intelligences approach, such as the "Village" project, in which students use academic skills to construct a three-dimensional model of an entire community. Lamb developed a portfolio assessment system that allows students to evaluate their own progress and celebrate growth. The system has since been implemented in other classrooms, for which Lamb provides professional development. Under her tutelage, students with learning disabilities who began the year struggling to read and write have ended the year reading and writing at grade level with enthusiasm. An active member of the Academic Committee, Lamb has mentored other teachers not only at her grade levels, but at the high school level as well. A lifelong learner herself, she has participated in numerous professional development experiences, including the A Flow of History Book Discussion Series and the Slavery and Emancipation in New England Institute. Lamb has also presented at workshops and conferences.