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 Jonny Flood at (802) 579-5046 or email

Changes for 2022

This year, we’re asking nominators to tell us how teachers have excelled in working under the difficult circumstances presented by the twin pandemics of Covid-19 and structural racism. The deadline for nominations for this year’s award is August 1, 2022.

Susan Piccoli, a librarian at Woodstock High School and Middle School,  received the 2021 Victor R. Swenson Award. Piccoli has avidly participated in Vermont Humanities’ statewide one-book Vermont Reads program.

In October 2019, she partnered with the school’s history and English teachers to arrange a field trip for 120 students to see civil rights icon Congressman John Lewis and his March Trilogy co-author Andrew Aydin at a Vermont Reads event held at the Flynn Center in Burlington.

Read more about Susan Piccoli

Woodstock Union High School Library Specialist Susan Piccoli
Vermont Humanities*** December 4, 2014