Celebrating Our Paraeducators & 10 Paraeducator of the Year Finalists

Celebrating Our Paraeducators & 10 Paraeducator of the Year Finalists

Dear Colleagues,

Today, April 7, is National Paraprofessional Appreciation Day. At Hartford Public Schools, we are extremely grateful for the dedication and commitment of all our paraeducators. Their contributions support our mission to provide equitable access to high-quality teaching and learning for all our students.

Paraeducators assist teachers and school staff in preparing our students academically and providing support services. This year, our paraeducators had to go above and beyond to support our students, both remote and in-person, during an unprecedented and challenging time in our district. Their hard work ensures more individualized instruction for our learners. They also help build a welcoming school culture and nurturing environment that supports the success of all our students.

We thank our paraeducators for their passion, energy, and creativity. Their contributions are invaluable. Please join me in recognizing and thanking all our paraeducators today and every day!


Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez
Hartford Public Schools

Congratulations to our 2021 Paraeducator of the Year Finalists!

Amaryllis Torres Breakthrough II Magnet (North) School
Robin Gomes Breakthrough Magnet (South) School
Yokasty Thomas Bulkeley High School
Raabi Blackwell-Durant Hartford PreK Magnet School
Kevin Copeland Kennelly School
Nadiene Warner M.D. Fox School
Chelsea Jernigan Noah Webster MicroSociety Magnet School
Lashika James Parkville Community School
Emely Ramirez Sanchez Elementary School
Leticia Gladden Weaver High School