Horace Puglisi, a beloved Vermont elementary school teacher who inspired thousands of students with his "creative approaches to learning," has died at the age of 80, the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus reports.
According to the Vermont National Education Association, Puglisi began his career in education with the US Peace Corps in 1964 and worked in several school districts in Connecticut and Massachusetts before settling in Randolph, Vermont, where he was the principal of Randolph Village School from 1982 to 2009.
Puglisi was well recognized for his "creative, innovative, and engaging approach to elementary education," according to his obituary.
He received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching in 1995, was recognized as a Christa McAuliffe Fellow by the Department of Education in 1997, and in 2000 was accepted as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow to study environmental science at Princeton University.
Puglisi is survived by his wife, Seonghi Chun; daughters Heather Puglisi and Carrie Puglisi; and grandsons Luca Inserro, Elliot Inserro, and Lara Puglisi.Read the Entire Article