Victor R. Swenson Award

Recognizing an outstanding humanities educator

Victor R. Swenson Humanities Educator Award

With this award, the Vermont Humanities Council 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 at our Annual Fall Conference in November. To learn more about the award, call Linda Wrazen at (802) 262-1357.

Image of Joyce Yoo Babbitt with Ben Doyle and Victor R. Swenson

2019 Award Winner: Jason Barney, Missisquoi Valley Union High School

Barney has taught history and civics at MVU since 2003. In nominating him for the Swenson Award, colleagues pointed to his engaging teaching style and to the design of his classes, which provide students with immersive, hands-on learning experiences that have greatly enriched the learning culture at MVU.

Read more about Jason Barney.