Hartford Public Schools Announces Nominees for 2023 Teacher of the Year 

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:


School/Location Candidate Name
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 
New Visions Peter Torrey
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.