Exeter High School Teachers Presented with Awards

Pictured, from left to right, Dan Provost, Bayleigh Clock, and Geoff Taylor. Clock presents Provost and Taylor with the Champion Award from the Council for Youth with Chronic Conditions in recognition of their hard work and dedication to a child with a chronic medical condition during the height of the pandemic.(Photo courtesy of Michele Clock)

EXETER – The Council for Youth with Chronic Conditions presented two Exeter High School (EHS) teachers, Geoff Taylor and Dan Provost, with Champion Awards on July 29. This award was in recognition of their hard work and dedication to a child with a chronic medical condition during the height of the pandemic.

The effects of the pandemic were especially hard on children with chronic medical conditions. In addition to medical appointments, therapies and hospitalizations, many children were further isolated due to medical restrictions. Taylor and Provost were nominated through a video by Bayleigh Clock, for helping her participate in school in a meaningful way this year.

“Thank you to Mr. Provost and Coach Taylor for all that you have done in order to help me feel successful during this difficult time,” said EHS junior, Clock, in her nomination video. “Without amazing teachers like you, I would have been lost. With their help, I overcame so many obstacles that may have been in my way of success.”

Due to chronic medical conditions and major knee reconstruction surgery, Clock attended school remotely making it a challenging 2020-2021 academic year. Her EHS English teacher Provost and U.S. History teacher Coach Taylor, assisted her with American studies and took the time to work with her remotely.

“This year was challenging for many, but Dan and Geoff really were amazing,” said Michele Clock, Bayleigh’s mother. “There was the good that has resulted from the difficult decisions and sacrifices that have been made in order to educate all students and keep our most vulnerable safe.”

The Champion Award from the Council for Youth with Chronic Conditions recognized four teachers in New Hampshire this year and Provost and Taylor were two of them. This award is usually given to a child with a chronic medical condition but this year the Council switched it to recognize those working with children with chronic medical conditions. The Council for Youth with Chronic Conditions is a parent-focused state council committed to being a voice for families of children with chronic health conditions.

Exeter High School, located in Exeter, is part of the SAU 16 school district.

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