Sarah Swiger Award
Sarah Swiger served Winchester many years as a School Committee member, community activist and education advocate. Her work was recognized across Massachusetts, her death in 2014 is a loss that is still keenly felt by her family, colleagues and educators. WFEE is proud to honor Sarah with the annual presentation of the Sarah Swiger Award.
Sarah Swiger, Winchester Educator
Michelle White, WHS science teacher and longtime women's hockey coach
is the recipients of
the 2022 Sarah Swiger Award.
"Michelle goes above and beyond in her classroom to support her students. She inspires students in and out of the classroom. I can't think of a more deserving teacher this year."
Each year WFEE identifies one educator to receive the Sarah Swiger Award, recognizing a teacher focused on the whole child. The Swiger Award goes to an educator who is both an excellent teacher and wise mentor. Michelle White was recognized by colleagues as someone who is always focused on others, mentoring both students and colleagues.
Michelle loves being at Winchester High School, saying there isn't a better job in the world.
"What I love most about coaching (and teaching) is that I get the opportunity to bring out the best qualities, those intangibles that will ultimately help everyone succeed both on and off the field for years to come. I want my students and players to leave high school with some core values - character counts, control the controllable, be proactive, not reactive, and empower others."
WFEE is proud to honor this extraordinary educator, giving each winner of the Swiger Award a $1,500 grant to be used for their work. We know that Sarah joins the WFEE Board of Trustees in saying thank you for your work that is truly changing lives.