Statesmen Center and Chelsea Experiential Learning Center director Julie Burchett earned the Peabody Leaders in Education Award for her dedication to educating and inspiring students.
WGHS graduate Max Banerjee wrote in response to the award, “I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of these classes, especially ‘History of the Constitution.’ Mrs. Burchett picked and made available to me numerous texts to read and asked demanding questions that required me to read critically in order to get a full understanding of the complicated concepts. Often she would sit and discuss these concepts with me until I had completely understood many important events and cases as well as the ideas behind them. It was a true Socratic experience with questions and answers leading to more questions.”
The Leaders in Education program, “honors dedicated and compassionate educational professionals with awards and recognition at an annual dinner reception. Honorees are selected throughout the school year by a committee of top educators and business leaders and each earn a $1,000 award,” according to the program’s site.
Burchett is also involved in several school clubs, like the history club and Scholar Bowl club.