FAIRFIELD — Michelle Labelle-Fisch, honored Thursday as Teacher of the Year for the Fairfield-Suisun School District, spoke about starting as a 10-year-old in the school district during an era when field trips didn’t require permission slips.
“We just did a lot of hands-on learning,” the K.I. Jones Elementary School teacher recalled.
“Common Core is really going to allow us to be more hands on,” Labelle-Fisch said of new school standards that she sees as meaning children can learn as she once did.
The teacher of the year said of the Fairfield-Suisun district that, “We have a lot of great stuff going on.”
Kris Corey, school district superintendent, spoke before Labelle-Fisch and recalled how the teacher has helped train other instructors.
“I’ve been trying to get her to go to the dark side and join us administrators,” the superintendent said.
A total of 21 teachers, including Labelle-Fisch, were honored Thursday as teachers of the year at their schools in the district. They received a red rose and a black-framed plaque.
Laurel Salerno-White, president of the Fairfield-Suisun Unified Teachers Association, introduced the honored teachers.
“We still have 945 of them in the other classrooms,” she said of the contributions of teachers in the school district.
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