John & Janet Poeton with Lyman C. Hunt Jr.

John T. Poeton is the one of the founding fathers of the Vermont Council on Literacy.  He has always deeply cared about the state of reading instruction in Vermont for all students no matter their age.  He made this abundantly clear throughout his years as Vermont’s Language Arts Consultant.  John championed teachers – but even more infamous was his love affair with children’s literature.  Hearing John start a conference session with “…have I got a book for you!” was and still is music to my ears and the ears of many educators across the country.  John put together conferences here in Vermont, has always been active with the Vermont Council on Literacy and spoke before thousands across the nation.  John’s voice and actions are embodied in this annual award!

The John T. Poeton Award is presented annually by the Executive Board of the Vermont Council on Literacy at the Conference. A plaque shall be presented by the President or his or her designee at the Spring Conference to an outstanding educator working in a Vermont school setting  fostering literacy development with students and colleagues.

The Executive Board encourages you to make nominations for this award. To be nominated an educator must:

  • have taught for three (3) full years;
  • be currently a full time educator with the responsibility of teaching literacy;
  • be licensed within the state of Vermont;
  • not be a past recipient of the award.

The Vice President will coordinate a committee for this award that will include the members at large. A candidate must be nominated by at least three (3) persons. These nominations should be in the form of letters or testimonial statements which describe the candidate’s literacy practices and why the nominator considers these practices outstanding. These statements should not exceed two pages in length. Nomination materials must include contact information for both the person nominating as well as the nominee.  Email addresses are required.

The person making the nomination should send the materials digitally to: Carol Millett.   You can use this google form to submit your nomination. All nominations should be received by April 1. The award will be presented at the annual VCL Spring Conference.

Literacy palooza! John, Sue, & Ellen

JTP Award Flier to share.