Sturgis Charter Public School teacher Arthur Pontes was one of four New England high school teachers to receive the Harvard Club 2013 Excellence in Teaching Award. The honor was celebrated at a breakfast at the the Harvard Club in Boston on October 2, 2013.
According to Marion Weeks, Sturgis Community Outreach Coordinator, Mr. Pontes has taught at Sturgis Charter School since 2004. In addition to teaching both history and English, Mr. Ponte's was the school's first International Baccalaureate coordinator.
Prior to teaching at Sturgis, Mr. Ponte taught overseas for 25 years, then at Somerville High School.
The Harvard Club chooses recipients for the award based on "their ability to inspire curiosity and excellence among their students and to perform their role daily in a manner that is clearly above and beyond the call of duty."