A Colchester school held an assembly on Thursday morning to give a prestigious national award to a beloved teacher.
The students and faculty members of Bacon Academy honored their teacher and colleague Peter Arseneault on Thursday. Arseneault, who is a technology teacher, received a 2015 Milken Educator Award.
“I thought we were just having a pep rally to celebrate,” Arseneault said.
But a curve ball during a seemingly normal assembly at Bacon Academy nearly knocked him off his feet.
Milken Educator Award is an honor reserved for the most exceptional teachers dedicated to their student’s futures.
“I was very shocked, very surprised by this award,” Arseneault said.
But, he's not just taking home the award.
“There's something else. The teacher will receive a financial award,” Dr. Jane Foley, who is the senior vice president of Milken Educator Awards, said.
Arseneault received $25,000.
“Best teacher I've ever had,” Bacon Academy Senior Ethan Maynard said.
Foley called Arseneault an “unsung hero” that does “extraordinary work.” She added that teachers have “the power to constantly influence thousands of young people’s lives.”
“You don't find us. We find you. We look, we search, we go all over the country to find the best of the best,” Foley said.
Students told Eyewitness News that “Mr. A” is the perfect pick for the award.
“I think he deserved it,” Maynard said. “I think he's a great guy. Great at what he does.”
Arseneault said he works with an “amazing team of teachers” who “work very hard together.”
“It was definitely a collaborative effort,” Arseneault said.
In the end, Arseneault said he loves his job.
“I love what I do,” Arseneault said. “I love the students that I work with. That's what I enjoy doing the most.”
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