• U-32 teacher up for award
     | January 08,2014

    EAST MONTPELIER — A teacher at U-32 has been nominated for the national LifeChanger of the Year award.

    Special education teacher Judd Levine was nominated by John and Chris Beling, parents of a former U-32 student with Asperger’s syndrome.

    “There are many other kids who struggle and lack support, and Judd is there for them,” said Chris Beling in a news release. “Thanks to Judd’s work and the work of others like him, our son is now in his junior year at the University of Vermont. He is doing well academically and is passionate about his schoolwork. We have met other parents who have remarked on Judd’s ability to connect with their children when others cannot.”

    According to the release, the LifeChanger of the Year is a national program sponsored by National Life Group that recognizes and rewards outstanding kindergarten through 12th-grade educators and school district employees from around the country who make a positive difference in the lives of students.

    From nominations received each year, 10 winners are selected to receive cash awards that are split between the individual winner and their school. The national grand prize award is $10,000. The top three winners are also honored at a national awards ceremony.

    Nominations for the program will be accepted through the end of January, with winners to be announced in the spring.

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