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Employment History

History and Civics Teacher

Windsor High School


National Holocaust Museum

Mandel Teacher Fellow


master's degree

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Windsor High School, 19 Ascutney Street, Windsor, VT 05089, (S) 674-6344, Ext. 329, Beth Dutton, Debate,

Dutton went back to college at age 62 and went on to teach at Windsor High School for 20 years, retiring in 2007 at age 84.
They were students at Brooklyn College, Bailor, then 50, Dutton, 58 at the time, and became close friends. Their friendship took on a new and enduring meaning when Dutton learned of Bailor's story of hardship, suffering, survival and loss after the Nazis forced the Russians out of Eastern Poland in 1941. "I had invited everyone in our class to a picnic and somehow I slipped up," said Bailor, explaining that he had said something about his childhood in Poland during World War II. "(Beth) said, 'Can we sit down and talk about that.' " "She started taping our conversations and of course I had my breakdowns, especially talking about my sister," said Bailor, who was just 12 at the time of the Nazi invasion. "She was beaten badly and she and my mother were killed and dumped in a mass grave." Dutton, who died Jan. 28 at 93, taped numerous conversations with Bailor and the result was a 1995 book, Night People: A Story of The Holocaust. Dutton also received The Anti-Defamation League's Teacher Incentive Award in 1999 and attended seminars in Poland and Israel of Holocaust survivors. "I think what really got her into teaching the Holocaust is the book she wrote," said one of Dutton's two daughters, Barbara Barbour, who lives in Hartland. In 1998, Dutton completed a year as a Mandel Teacher Fellow at the National Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., where she was also invited to speak. "When people would ask me, who is the best source on the Holocaust, I would tell them, you go see Beth Dutton," Bailor said. "We would share rice cakes and talk about politics," remembered Penny Armstrong, who taught with Dutton at Windsor High School. Beth had the ability to influence young people and not everyone has that." Dutton wasn't all about hard work. Dutton was co-author of three books each titled, The Little Black Book - A Guide to the 100 Most Eligible Men. There were editions for Washington D.C., New York City and Beverly Hills, published from 1981 to 1983. "She has a lot of fun writing those," her daughter said. Dutton was humbled by her gifts of a long and healthy life and the opportunity to serve and help others. At a church mission, not many years before Dutton died, Barbour said her mother asked a priest about her wonderful life. [cached]

Beth DuttonAdvisorWindsor High SchoolWindsor, VT 05089Fax: 802-674-9802 [cached]

WINDSOR - At 83, Beth Dutton has witnessed many crucial moments in history.She has seen the breach of civil and human rights first-hand, the reaction to such injustice, and the ensuing change.This summer Dutton will be honored for sharing those experiences with high school students.Dutton, a history and civics teacher at Windsor High School, has been selected to receive an Author-Illustrator Human and Civil Rights Award from the National Education Association for her curriculum known as "Holocaust and Resistance Studies."The award recognizes the contributions of those whose graphic and literary creations help students understand the significance of human and civil rights.Dutton led a life of travel and activism before she started teaching at Windsor High School 20 years ago.She taught language in Germany in 1953.It was there she began her study of the Holocaust."They were still reeling from the impact of being occupied.You were so close to the source of everything that happened," she said.She spent the next 30 years studying under Holocaust historians in Poland and Israel.She wrote a book published in 1995 titled "Night People: A Story of the Holocaust," detailing the escape and survival of Polish Jew Harry Bialor.Every year, Dutton invites Bialor into her class to speak with students about his experience."He is good at talking to kids, and there is not a hate bone in his body," she said.She also wrote an essay on teaching the Holocaust titled "Tapping into the Sensitivities of Teens."She said the title explains a lot about her curriculum and philosophy in teaching."I've realized young people are very open to poetry.Then they move from the beauty of the poetry to the lives of the people who were exterminated," she said.Dutton said she helps students get through the horrific stories by assigning them a biography of one person who went through the Holocaust."Instead of looking at the millions, they take just one person that they carry with them.It makes it personal and it doesn't weigh them down so much," she said.She extends this into her civics classes when teaching the Bill of Rights."I springboard into what can happen if your government deprives you of your rights, which is what happened in Germany," she said.However, Dutton also highlights her experiences fighting for civil rights in this country.She tells her students about getting arrested for helping African Americans to vote in Mississippi in 1963.She said their response is "Mrs.Dutton, you rock!"Her curriculum was published by the Vermont National Education Association in 1997 and has been made available online.Dutton will be one of 10 teachers nationwide to receive the award at a ceremony in Orlando, Fla., on July 1.Dutton said what touched her most about being selected was her daughter's nomination."The notion that your daughter thinks as much of the work you've done is mind-blowing," she said.Dutton also helped to start, and continues to facilitate, the Socially Concerned Students Group at Windsor High School and the Windsor Country Youth Court.But Dutton is not ready to stop teaching quite yet.She plans to retire in 2007 at age 84.She said though retirement gives her more time to write, she will miss her students."They're just beginning to know who they are and form opinions.They teach me every year.I love them," she said. [cached]

After 30 years in the front of a classroom, Windsor High School humanities teacher Beth Dutton still juggles a busy schedule.In addition to teaching courses on civics, history, the Holocaust and other subjects, she also spends time after school as an adviser to the debate team, a school newspaper, the Windsor County Youth Corps and a community-service program."I don't think people realize that we aren't just in the classroom eight hours a day, and that's it," said Dutton."We're home at night correcting papers for students until 11 o'clock, 12 o'clock, one o'clock, and advising various groups around the school for no extra money."Dutton -- who holds a master's degree and has taught in public schools for 16 years following almost 15 years at private schools -- earns $43,000 a year.Her salary is about $1,700 above the Vermont state average for teachers, but well below the typical teacher's wage in several wealthier Upper Valley towns, according to the Vermont and New Hampshire departments of education.

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