The 2020-2021 Robert C. Maguire Award was presented to Medfield High School Business Teacher, Karen Shaffer. Ms. Shaffer was nominated by parent Jill Branca. In her nomination, Jill spoke highly of Ms. Shaffer’s class which is run like a mini MBA program where the students are taught real-world skills that can be used both now and in their future lives. Jill and her son have had great discussions this year about the business in Medfield and the economy of the world, and she particularly appreciated the way in which Ms. Shaffer was able to utilize remote learning tools and inspire her students during the pandemic.
About the Award
Robert (Bob) Maguire was the Superintendent of Medfield Schools from 1999 – 2013.
This award will be given to a staff member whose effort embodies Bob’s vision for further developing students’ global understanding and readiness to engage in the expanding global economy. Similar to Bob, the award recipient will be someone who inspires students to look beyond the town of Medfield and learn more about the global community through innovative programs and technologies.
This may include initiatives that:
Use innovative technologies to enhance learning, foster collaboration, and develop connections with other people and communities
Increase multicultural awareness and appreciation
Bring multicultural elements into the curriculum
Develop links with schools or organizations in other nations or different ethnic communities within the US
Each year, all staff, parents and students are invited to nominate staff members for the award.