Milford resident Deborah Long, a social studies teacher, has been named the 2013-14 Sussex Technical High School Teacher of the Year.
This is the second time Long has received this honor, having been named teacher of the year in 2008-09. Long has been teaching at Sussex Tech for eight years. She teaches world history and psychology and has been an assistant varsity softball coach for the Lady Ravens.
Long was nominated by a student who, on the nomination form, wrote, "No matter who you are or what your grade is, Mrs. Long is always working to make things better and easier to understand."
Long will represent Sussex Tech in the state teacher of the year competition this fall.
Q: Why did you want to become a teacher?
A: I enjoy history. I like trying to teach students history so they can enjoy it and find it relevant to their lives today.
Q: What's your favorite part about your job?
A: Probably working closely with the world history personal learning community. Our world history teachers meet twice a week to collaborate closely and create activities. What we produce as a group, we share with our students in helping to make things interesting and relevant. It makes my time with the students more enjoyable because of the work we put in.
Q: You were nominated by a student. How does that make you feel?
A: It made me feel pretty special. You get a letter saying you were nominated and asking if you want to go through the process, because it's very involved. I thought that because I'd already been Teacher of the Year, maybe it would be nice to give someone else a chance; but because I was nominated by a student, I felt I needed to follow through.