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Dutton went back to college ...
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.' "
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.
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.
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.
had the ability to influence young people and not everyone has that."
wasn't all about hard work.
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.
has a lot of fun writing those," her
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.
Windsor High School, 19 ...
Windsor High School, 19 Ascutney Street, Windsor, VT 05089, (S) 674-6344, Ext. 329, Beth Dutton, Debate, Beth_Dutton@windsor.k12.vt.us
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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
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
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
is good at talking to kids, and there is not a hate bone in his
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
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
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
also highlights her
experiences fighting for civil rights in this country.She
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.
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
"The notion that your daughter thinks as much of the work you've done is mind-blowing," she
also helped to start, and continues to facilitate, the Socially Concerned Students Group
at Windsor High School
and the Windsor Country Youth Court.
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
"They're just beginning to know who they are and form opinions.They teach me every year.I love them," she
Valley News Web Story Layout
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