Hartford Public Schools Announces Nominees for 2023 Teacher of the Year
The competition for Hartford’s 2023 Teacher of the Year has begun with thirty-eight teachers nominated by their schools to participate in this year’s selection process.
Each nominee will now undergo an intensive screening and interview process conducted remotely by a district-wide Teacher of the Year Committee made up of Hartford Public Schools directors, officials from the Hartford Federation of Teachers, and previous award winners. After its review, the committee selects three finalists. The finalists will be asked to complete a series of written essay questions and submit a videotaped lesson for the final evaluation.
The winner will be announced on Thursday, May 25, 2023 at the Hartford Downtown Marriott Hotel.
All nominees must be tenured PreK-12 teachers in the Hartford Public Schools system who exhibit exemplary teaching skills, show commitment to the belief that all children can learn, and are active in community and humanitarian affairs. The Teacher of the Year Awards are funded solely by sponsorships.
Last year’s winner was Renee Sherriffs, an IGOALS teacher at Expeditionary Learning Academy at Moylan School (ELAMS) with the 2022 HPS Teacher of the Year award in photo at left. (2022 Nominees are pictured above.)
This year’s nominees, listed in alphabetical order by their school name, are as follows:
|Annie Fisher STEM Magnet School||Brenna Casey|
|Betances Learning Lab Magnet School||John Maziarz|
|Betances STEM Magnet School||Andrea Hamilton|
|Breakthrough Magnet School North||Danielle Laperche|
|Breakthrough Magnet School South||Meagan Pastre|
|Bulkeley High School||Casey Cunningham|
|Burns Latino Studies Academy||Josephine Bautista|
|Burr School||Elida Muchollari|
|Capital Preparatory Magnet||Anila Duro|
|Classical Magnet||Regina Leonard|
|Dwight Bellizzi School||Kelly Harrigan|
|Environmental Sciences Magnet at Mary Hooker||Stephen Gould|
|Expeditionary Learning Academy at Moylan||Jessica Sartori|
|Global Communications Academy||Jessica Patane|
|Great Path Academy at Manchester Community College||Jennifer Sherman|
|Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy||Christine Therkelsen|
|Hartford Pre-K Magnet School||Keisha Evans|
|Hartford Public High School||Jennifer Edelman|
|Kennelly School||Tamara Piskorski|
|Kinsella Magnet School of Performing Arts (9-12)||Sharon FitzHenry-VanDine|
|Kinsella Magnet School of Performing Arts (PreK – 8)||Sara Bavaro|
|McDonough Middle School||Amanda LoStimolo|
|MD Fox School||Timothy Russo|
|MLK Middle School||Alison Schroeder|
|Montessori Magnet at Batchelder||Ruth Tracy|
|Naylor School||Lora Donar|
|Noah Webster MicroSociety Magnet School||Melissa Anderson|
|Parkville Community School||Colleen Signori|
|Pathways Academy of Technology & Design||Jennifer Cleary|
|Rawson School||Jenever Ellis|
|Renzulli Gifted & Talented Academy||Sarah Cheney|
|Sanchez Elementary School||Kelly Cassada|
|SAND School||Aniwa Donkor|
|Sport & Medical Sciences Academy||Melanie Zamorski|
|Weaver High School||Colette Daye|
|West Middle School||Patricia Sullivan|
|Wish Museum School||Eddie Diaz|
Congratulations to our teacher nominees!
Hartford Public Schools is grateful to its invaluable event sponsors:
Our sponsors: Voya Financial Advisors, Pullman & Comley, the Hartford Federation of Teachers, Autumn Transportation, Robert Patricelli Foundation, Shipman & Goodwin, LLC, Downes Construction Group, The CauseWay Agency, International Alliance Group, and Bears Restaurant Group.