Announcing Our 2022 Paraeducator of the Year

Announcing Our 2022 Paraeducator of the Year

Hartford Public Schools is pleased to announce that Mr. Kevin Copeland of Kennelly School is our 2022 Paraeducator of the Year! On May 6, Mr. Copeland received a surprise visit from Superintendent Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez, Principal Cahill and may of his Kennelly colleagues to announce the great news.

The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) and the School Paraprofessional Advisory Council have established the Anne Marie Murphy Paraeducator of the Year Award to recognize the important role of the paraeducator in supporting student achievement. The award is named in honor of Anne Marie Murphy, a paraeducator who lost her life at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. The program honors one paraeducator who has demonstrated exceptional skill and dedication in the performance of his/her job, thereby earning that person the respect and admiration of other paraeducators, students, teachers, administrators, co-workers, and parents.

Mr. Copeland has been an Inside Suspension Paraeducator with Hartford Public Schools, specifically Kennelly School, since August of 2018. He is an athletic coach at Kennelly School and is also a graduate from the Hartford Public Schools.  Mr. Copeland will enter the state-wide contest.

Our nominees for the 2022 Paraeducator of the Year exemplify the best that Paraeducators have to offer our beautiful and capable students. They bring their personal and professional commitment to this key role in our schools.

The work of our paraeducators is vitally important to our students. It helps to advance the mission of Hartford Public Schools by inspiring and preparing all students to meet success in and beyond school.

Paraeducators help our students with behavioral challenges, multiple disabilities, and complex medical needs learn according to the requirements of student IEPs. They go above and beyond daily, making sure all our students are prepared to graduate, and ready for college and career.


2022 Paraeducators of the Year

Kevin Copeland Kennelly School


Top 3 Paraeducators

Kevin Copeland Kennelly School
Raabi Blackwell-Durant Hartford PreK Magnet School
Amaryllis Torres Breakthrough II Magnet (North) School


Nominated 31 Paraeducators

Luljeta Doci Betances Learning Lab Magnet School
Amaryllis Torres Breakthrough II Magnet (North) School
Robin Gomes Breakthrough Magnet (South) School
Yokasty Thomas Bulkeley High School
Jalixa Serrano Burns Latino Studies Academy
Faneeza Rahman-Khan Burr School
Marieta Williams Capital Preparatory Magnet
Irma DelCastillo Classical Magnet
Regina Whiskeyman Environmental Sciences Magnet at Mary Hooker
Myrta Pacheco Expeditionary Learning Academy at Moylan
Darlene O’Neal Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy
Raabi Blackwell-Durant Hartford PreK Magnet School
Ralph Federico Hartford Public High School
Kevin Copeland Kennelly School
Nadiene Warner M.D. Fox School
James Josey McDonough Middle School
Whitney Haughton Milner Middle School
Alma McLean MLK Middle School
Linda Hawkins Naylor School
Chelsea Jernigan Noah Webster MicroSociety Magnet School
Lashika James Parkville Community School
John Fair Pathways Academy of Technology & Design
Beverly Jolly Rawson School
Emely Ramirez Sanchez Elementary School
Diane Vargas SAND School
Paola Alvarado STEM Magnet School at Annie Fisher
Lisa Kolpak STEM Magnet School at Betances
John Devaux University High Magnet
Leticia Gladden Weaver High School
Haya Abudabat West Middle School
Selena King Terry Wish Museum School

Congratulations, Mr. Copeland! And congratulations to our finalists and all our nominees.

For more information about the Paraeducator of the Year program, please contact:

Janet Serrano, Senior Staffing Specialist

(860) 695-8702 Voice