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Sarah Swiger Award

Sarah Swiger served Winchester many years as a School Committee member, community activist and education advocate. Her work was recognized across Massachusetts, her death three years ago is a loss that is still keenly felt by her family, colleagues and educators. WFEE continues to honor Sarah with the annual presentation of the Sarah Swiger Award.

WFEE is proud to announce that Andrea Phelan, Lynch educator, is the recipient of the 2018 Sarah Swiger Award.


"Andrea's work with all children demonstrates her strength and abilty to communicate with every child. Andrea's encouragement, patience and gentleness with all children is obvious."

Swiger Nomination

It is that empathy and compassion that makes Andrea the perfect recipient of the Swiger Award. Instituted in memory of long time school committee member, early supporter of WFEE and community activist Sarah Swiger, the Swiger award is given annually to an educator who embodies a commitment to all students, an understanding of the needs of the whole child and devotion to community service. The 2016 recipient of the award was WHS educator and coach John Fleming; Karen Fagan, McCall Middle School Educator was the 2017 award recipient.

Andrea, a Winchester native, taught 2nd grade for 11 years at Muraco Elementary. Her Winchester roots run deep .

"I went to elementary school at Muraco. And, my first year teaching second grade I was in the very classroom where I had attended second grade. It was aswesome!"

Andrea Phelan, 2018 Swiger Award Winner

For the last three years Andrea has been assistant principal at Lynch Elementary. Andrea is known as the person who, when there is a challenge, always says "What can I do? " She strongly supports all learners, focusing on those with special needs or for whom English is a second language. Her passion for teaching is recognized by colleagues who also note her contagious laughter engages parents and students alike.


The Swiger Award comes with a $1,500.00 grant to be used by the recipient for professional development, programming at his or her school or for a classroom project.