Exemplary Educator Award

Award InformationAward Recipients
Every school in Connecticut has a number of outstanding educators. The purpose of this award is to give public recognition in Connecticut and nationally to a CAS member school educator.

Nominations may be made by any present or former member of the school staff or district central office personnel. The educator chosen will receive recognition in the media, in CAS publications and at a CAS sponsored ceremony in her/his community.

The following criteria will be used to determine the recipient of this award.

  • Candidate must be a practicing educator at a CAS member school who exhibits the following:
    a. Demonstrates excellence in teaching;
    b. Demonstrates involvement with students, staff, and parents in and out of the classroom;
    c. Demonstrates leadership within the profession.
  • The candidate should be in at least her/his fifth year as a practicing teacher in Connecticut and in at least the third year in his/her present position.
  • Each of the three areas on the accompanying nomination document must be addressed individually. The total response is limited to six pages (exclusive of Nomination Title Sheet).
  • Nominations must be accompanied by three (3) letters of recommendation, by any persons who are qualified to judge the professional performance of the candidate. Either the nomination or one of the three letters of recommendation must be from the building principal. Incomplete nominations will not be considered.
  • Finalists will be asked to write a one to two page reflective essay about his/her beliefs, motivations and/or experiences.
  • The successful candidate will also be invited to share her/his expertise through CAS sponsored workshops and publications. The sponsoring school district may asked to release the “Exemplary Educator of the Year” for one or two school days for in-service and/or celebration activities.
Educator of the Year Award Recipients
Year Level First Name Last Name School City/Town
2018-19 Elementary No Award Recipient for 2018-19
  Middle Level Robert Fragione Amity Middle School Bethany (Region 5)
  High School No Award Recipient for 2018-19
2017-18 Elementary Alisa Wright James Morris Elementary School Morris (Region 6)
  Middle Level Martha Curran Polson Middle School Madison
  High School No Award Recipient for 2018-19
2016-17 Elementary Diana Burns Daisy Ingraham Elementary School Westbrook
  Middle Level Daniel Peterson Leonard J. Tyl Middle School Oakdale
  High School Ryan Campbell Connecticut IB Academy East Hartford
2015-16 Elementary Lisa Caldwell J. Milton Jeffrey Elementary School Madison
  Middle Level Janet Rossi John Read Middle School Redding
  High School Sarah Anderson-Potts Windsor High School Windsor
2014-15 Elementary Kenneth Craig Naubuc School Glastonbury
  Middle Level Catherine Freeman Sage Park Middle School Windsor
  High School Dr. Sibani Sengupta Sacred Heart Academy Hamden
2013-14 Elementary Alicia Schiavo Washington Elementary School Waterbury
  Middle Level Robert Rose Smith Middle School Glastonbury
  High School Joleen Pillar The Gilbert School Winsted
2012-13 Elementary Deborah Beaudoin Canton Intermediate School Canton
  Middle Level Autumn Baltimore Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy Hartford
  High School Jeanne Manfredi Lyme-Old Lyme High School Old Lyme
2011-12 Elementary Pellegrino Mancini Ivy Drive School Bristol
  Middle Level Kristen Juda Har-Bur Middle School Burlington
  High School     No Award Recipient for 2011-12  
2010-11 Elementary Michael Pearce Highland Park Elementary School Manchester
  Middle Level Jill Wnuk East Hartford Middle School East Hartford
  High School     No Award Recipient for 2010-11  
2009-10 Elementary Jill Pilon East Farms School Farmington
  Middle Level Thomas Moore Lincoln Middle School Meriden
  High School Kathleen Schwartz-Young Bassick High School Bridgeport
2008-09 Elementary Marilyn Brenning Hayestown Elementary School Danbury
  Middle Level Diane Marinaro Hamden Middle School Hamden
  High School Toussaint Olivetti Glastonbury High School Glastonbury