PITTSFIELD >> Taconic High School teachers Melissa Ferris and Patrice Latrell and Pittsfield High School teachers Carla Comeau and Jennifer Gaudette have been named recipients of the "Mass Insight Education Partners in Excellence Award" for helping more students take Advanced Placement (AP) courses with success as they prepare for college.

The award recognizes 54 Massachusetts AP teachers for their outstanding contributions to student achievement and their dedication to college success during the 2014-2015 academic year. The teachers were selected out of a pool of more than 600 AP teachers who participated in Mass Insight Education's AP STEM and English program.

"The teachers Mass Insight supports in AP partnerships across the state are the backbone of the schools' role preparing students for college success," says William Guenther, president CEO and founder of Mass Insight Education. "We're very pleased to recognize the AP teacher partners who have produced especially outstanding results with their high school students."

Mass Insight Education's content directors selected the teachers based on their ability to increase their students' access to AP classes, their students' improved performance on the AP Exams, and their students' resulting college readiness.


The award recipients will be honored at Mass Insight Education's Partners in Excellence Award Celebration, to be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m., on April 5, at the Seaport Hotel in Boston. Eric Waldo, the executive director of First Lady Michelle Obama's Reach Higher initiative, will be the keynote speaker. Each award winner will be recognized for his or her achievement and will receive a stipend of $1,000.

Mass Insight Education is a national nonprofit dedicated to improving student achievement and increasing college success through bold district restructuring and rigorous academic programs. For more information, or to learn more about how to sponsor Mass Insight Education's Partners in Excellence Award Ceremony, visit www.massinsight.org or call 617-778-1531.