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This profile was last updated on 7/4/09  and contains information from public web pages.

Employment History

  • History and Civics Teacher
    Windsor High School
  • Humanities Teacher
    Windsor High School

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Advisor
    Windsor High School


  • master's degree
Web References
Windsor High School, 19 ...
www.CDJVT.NET, 4 July 2009 [cached]
Windsor High School, 19 Ascutney Street, Windsor, VT 05089, (S) 674-6344, Ext. 329, Beth Dutton, Debate,
Rutland Herald: Rutland Vermont News & Information, 29 April 2006 [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.
Valley News Web Story Layout, 4 May 2003 [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.
National Youth Court Center- Listing by State, 6 Dec 2003 [cached]
Beth Dutton
Windsor High School
Windsor, VT 05089
Fax: 802-674-9802
Education | For Teachers | The Mandel Teacher Fellowship Program | Mandel Fellows 1997-1998 and their projects, 1 Jan 1997 [cached]
Beth DuttonWindsor High School in Windsor, Vermont
Beth DuttonWindsor High School in Windsor, Vermont
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