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Kerry Venchus Honored as 2017 Khan-Page Master Teacher

Master Teacher Kerry Venchus

Headmaster Lyle Rigg has announced that High School Math teacher Kerry Venchus is the well-deserving recipient of the 2017 Khan-Page Master Teacher Award.

Mr. Rigg announced the selection of Ms. Venchus, who was profiled on the TASIS website earlier this year, at the School’s final All-Faculty Meeting on the afternoon of June 9. He delivered the following citation:

Kerry joined TASIS in 2009 and has been an outstanding teacher of mathematics in the High School. As described by our Academic Dean, Dr. Mark Abisi, “Kerry has exceedingly high standards for her students, and she works tirelessly and thoughtfully to help students meet these standards. She believes in the potential of each one of her students and is dedicated to helping each student reach that potential. In her AP Calculus class, she has had 22 students in the past two years, and 19 of them have earned a perfect score of 5. Kerry holds additional classes on weekends and evenings, and her students willingly attend because they know that it is time well spent.”

Dr. Abisi continues, “Kerry has been an outspoken advocate for an enhanced professional development program at TASIS and has worked closely with me to help structure in-house professional development opportunities. She has facilitated many sessions and regularly attends courses and workshops to improve her craft. She is committed to professional growth both for herself and her colleagues.”

I concluded a recent recommendation for Kerry with these words: “Kerry is a very busy person! I marvel at all she is able to juggle and to juggle so well. I have always found Kerry to be supportive and eager to do whatever she can to help improve our community. If Kerry sounds ‘too good to be true,’ I should add that she also plays the violin for many school performances! From stellar math teacher to kickboxer to service leader to violinist, Kerry does it all.”

TASIS Master Teachers

Headmaster Lyle Rigg with the Khan-Page recipients who currently work at TASIS

Bestowed annually since 2009, the Khan-Page Master Teacher Award is named after two outstanding teachers who taught for many years in both TASIS schools: the late Akbar Khan in Mathematics and Max P. Page in English. The award recognizes an exceptional teacher who represents a high standard of professional pedagogy, possesses advanced subject-area knowledge, has a capacity to convey the joy and importance of learning to students, and demonstrates a fundamental sympathy with the aims and goals of TASIS as expressed in the Paideia.

The Akbar Khan-Max Page Master Teacher Award is an initiative supported by the M. Crist Fleming Endowment and was proposed by the TASIS Foundation in 2009. The award is funded by the TASIS Board of Directors as part of its broader efforts to support and encourage the faculty as the heart of the TASIS experience and the center of the School’s improvement in the coming years. Candidates may teach in any grade level but must have taught at TASIS for at least five years to be eligible for the Khan-Page Award, which comes with a monetary award of CHF 5,000.

Previous recipients of the award are current Chair of the English as an Additional Language Department Carolyn Heard (2009), current Art History and Architecture & Design teacher Mark Aeschliman (2010), retired Chair of the English Department Cynthia Whisenant (2011), current French teacher Brigitte Cazebonne (2012), current Physical Education teacher Giorgio Volpi (2013), current Chair of the Middle School Science Department Brett Merritt (2014), current Italian teacher Mario D’Azzo (2015), and current Science teacher Amy Bloodworth (2016).

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