Schools Nominate 43 for Teacher of the Year

The competition for Hartford’s 2016 Teacher of the Year has begun with 43 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 by a district-wide Teacher of the Year Committee made up of Hartford Public Schools curriculum directors, officials from the Hartford Federation of Teachers and previous award winners.
After its review, the committee selects three finalists. Each finalist will then be recorded on video while conducting a class in their school. They will also be asked to complete a series of written essay questions for the final evaluation.
The winner will be announced on Thursday, May 26th, at the annual Teacher of the Year Banquet to be held at the Hartford Marriott Downtown Hotel, located at 200 Columbus Blvd. Hartford Public Schools Superintendent Beth Schiavino-Narvaez will serve as master of ceremonies for the evening.
All nominees must be tenured K-12 teachers in the Hartford Public Schools system. They must exhibit exemplary teaching skills, show commitment to the belief that all children can learn and must be active in community and humanitarian affairs. Last year’s winner was Leah Tarnowicz, a Middle School English Language Arts teacher at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. School.
Those wishing to purchase tickets to the 2015 Teacher of the Year banquet can do so online at:
This year’s nominees in alphabetical order and their schools are:
Diana Ayrula – Teacher Prep & Humanities at Bulkeley Lower School
Joe Battaglia – Law and Government Academy at HPHS
Lisa Berke – Noah Webster MicroSociety Magnet School
Jessica Cieri – Hartford PreK Magnet School
Jodi Clavette – Environmental Sciences Magnet School at Mary Hooker
Lauren Davern – Capital Preparatory Magnet
Freddie DeJesus – Renzulli Gifted & Talented Academy 
Nick DeLuca – Journalism & Media Academy Magnet School
Andrew Eaton – Capital Community Magnet School
Theresa Ekstrom – McDonough Expeditionary Learning School
Orlene Haye – Rawson School
Sharon Horan – Naylor/CCSU Leadership Academy
Katherine Johnston – Great Path Academy Middle College High School at Manchester Community College  
Tim Ketterer – Teacher Prep & Humanities at Bulkeley Higher School
Lewis Kuested – Museum Academy at Wish
Ronald Leyhow – Kennelly School
Gary Lotreck – Classical Magnet
Jennifer Mancone – Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy
Richard Mchugh – Maria Sanchez School
Carmelina Miceli – Global Communications Academy (IB)
Gregory Miska – Culinary Arts Academy at Weaver High School
Beverly Moquin – Pathways Academy of Technology & Design
Linh Nguyen – SAND School
Kelly Peterson – Clark School
Windy Thompson-Petersen – Breakthrough Magnet School
Louise Pulyado – STEM Magnet School at Annie Fisher School
Guy Richters – University High School of Science & Engineering
Wendy Rivera – Latino Studies Academy at Burns School
Colleen Signori – Parkville Community
Jacqueline Springer – Martin L. King Jr. School
Joanne Stergos – West Middle
Alison Stroili – Academy of Nursing & Health Sciences at HPHS
Joshua Svoboda – Sport & Medical Sciences Academy
Jennifer Tate – High School, Inc.
Lori Thompson – M.D. Fox School
Christine Tocionis – R.J. Kinsella Magnet School of Performing Arts
Ayanna Vinson-Dobson – Asian Studies Academy
LaShawn Walwyn – Betances STEM
Jesse Wanzer – Expeditionary Learning Academy at Moylan
Teresa Webber – Breakthrough II Magnet School
Jessie Wills – Batchelder School
Barbara Wolejko – Early Reading Lab at Betances School
Jessica Zanghi – Burr School 
A happy group of 2015 Teacher of the Year nominees cheering for our schools!

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