NORTH ADAMS — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has announced the recipients of the sixth annual Berkshire County Educator Recognition Awards.

The awards are presented by MCLA, in collaboration with Berkshire Community College and the Berkshire County Superintendents' Roundtable. The recognition program was created to honor local educators for their exemplary service to the teaching profession and the community.

Cynthia Brown, MCLA's vice president of academic affairs, said the sponsors are pleased to recognize and celebrate the educators for the "significant work they do as they guide, teach and encourage the youth of our region."

This year's recipients will be recognized during a free, public ceremony, to be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., on Thursday, May 5, in the MCLA Church Street Center's social hall in North Adams.

Speaking about the individual award recipients, MCLA Dean Howard Jacob "Jake" Eberwein III, said:

• Peggy Shartrand's "compassion, enthusiasm, and ability to connect with children have been evident to her colleagues since she first entered Head Start as a parent in 1994." The Early Childhood, Community Setting category winner is a preschool teacher at the Berkshire County Head Start at Johnson School in North Adams.


• Ann Kinne (Pre-K-Grade 2 category), a pre-K and kindergarten teacher at Muddy Brook Elementary School, Berkshire Hills Regional School District, is "known county-wide as a leader, advocate, and consummate professional."

• Michele Rondeau (Grades 3-6 category), a fifth-grade mathematics teacher at Greylock Elementary School, North Adams Public Schools, "has developed a sense of the educator as a coach, believing that all students can succeed."

• Lisken Van Pelt Dus (Grades 7-12 category), an English and world languages teacher at Monument Mountain Regional High School, Berkshire Hills Regional School District, "is a champion of education in every area of her personal and professional life."