Vermont Humanities

Victor R. Swenson Humanities Educator Award

Teachers and students on mountain bikes at the top of a hill in Vermont

With this award, Vermont Humanities recognizes an educator in grades 6 through 12 who:

  • Inspires his or her students and encourages in them intellectual curiosity and a lifelong love of learning
  • Possesses extraordinary knowledge, ability, and accomplishment in the teaching of language, literature, history, social studies, or other humanities fields
  • Exhibits infectious enthusiasm for his/her subject and learning in general
  • Embodies a commitment to the highest standards of achievement, for him/herself and students

The award and $1,000 prize are presented in the fall. To learn more about the award, call Ryan Newswanger at (802) 262-1354 or email

Annette Goyne, a librarian at Richford Jr. Sr. High School,  received the 2022 Victor R. Swenson Award. Goyne leveraged the Speakers Bureau and Vermont Reads programs to provide her community with new opportunities for learning, perspectives, and ideas.

A champion of Humanities Camps in her school, Goyne has been the lead in organizing and hosting a camp every summer for the last 14 years.

Read more about Annette Goyne

Annette Goyne accepts the Swenson Award, wearing
Vermont Humanities*** December 4, 2014