A ninth-grade humanities teacher at a Boston charter school has been named Massachusetts Teacher of the Year.
Sydney Chaffee, who has been teaching at Codman Academy Charter Public School in Dorchester since 2007, was honored at a ceremony at the school Tuesday.
In addition to her teaching duties, Chaffee mentors student teachers; serves as humanities department chair; coordinates a weekly, student-led, assembly; serves as a "crew leader" for a dozen female students; and encourages all her students to participate in the national Poetry Out Loud competition and perform in an end-of-year play.
Codman Academy Principal Thabiti Brown calls Chaffee "an unstoppable teaching force for good."
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The Saugerties, New York, native has degrees from Sarah Lawrence College and Lesley University.
She is now eligible for national Teacher of the Year honors.