Teacher of the Year Program

Waterbury's Teacher of the Year Program

Each year Waterbury Public Schools have the opportunity to select one teacher to serve as its school-level Teacher of the Year.  Each school level Teahcer of the Year is then eligible to be considered for the district wide Teacher of the Year program.  The district wide Waterbury Teacher of the Year is then eligible to compete for the Connecticut State Teacher of the Year award.

SELECTION PROCESS

            The teacher selected should be exemplary in the classroom but also someone who goes above and beyond the basic requirements of teaching.  He or she should contribute to the school culture and demonstrate commitment to the school community.  This teacher should be representative of the school in which he / she teaches and be able and willing to represent Waterbury (if selected) in the state competition.  Teachers must be full-time contracted teachers in the district and must have a minimum of five years teaching experience in the district, with at least two years experience in that school.

            Anyone may nominate a teacher for this honor (self-nominations, nominations by administration or staff, or nominations by parents).  All nominations are to be made anonymously on the form provided.  Given that significant paperwork is required of all teachers nominated for Connecticut State Teacher of the Year, all nominees should have an opportunity to serve as a school level winner and withdraw his / her name from the district level process if he / she would not be agreeable to continuing on in the state competition if selected as district Teacher of the Year. 

            Principals will form (or use an existing committee) to develop a pool of three nominees for the building. No nominee may serve on this committee.  If the committee used is a standing committee within the building, then nominees MUST recuse themselves from any deliberations on this subject.

            The Principal will choose the ONE building winner from these three nominees and submit this selection – along with a letter of support describing WHY this teacher was chosen - to the Teacher of the Year Committee, care of Nancy Vaughan, 236 Grand Street, Room 341, Waterbury, CT 06702.  This letter of support will form the basis for selection of the district wide Teacher of the Year from the list of school winners, along with an application submitted by the teacher.   Each school Teacher of the Year will receive a certificate at a recognition ceremony in June (date to be announced). 

WATERBURY TEACHER OF THE YEAR 2016

ANN GRACE SPIZZOUCCO

Ann Grace Spizzoucco. Mrs. Spizzoucco has taught sixth grade ELA at Wallace since 2005. She has also taught Italian at both Wallace and Crosby High School. She has served as a member of the school-wide Leadership Team, as a facilitator for the Data team, as a member of the School Governance Council of both Wallace and Crosby, and as a mentor for the check-in/check-out program for students at risk.

Among her accomplishments: 89% to 96% of her students have scored proficient or higher on the 6th grade CMTs. She maintains a portfolio for each student’s work over the course of the year, and both she and the student are always pleased with the progress the student has made over that time. 

She attributes much of her teaching success to high expectations. She expects much from her students, and she creates an atmosphere where students want to do well. As a result, those students succeed.

Mrs. Spizzoucco recently asked her students what they would say about her. Many spoke of her commitment to their education. Many highlighted that she was tough but fair. All showed a tremendous amount of respect for her as an educator.  

BUILDING WINNERS

SCHOOL                             TEACHER                                                                                       

Bucks Hill                             Amy O’Leary             

Bucks Hill Pre-K                    Laure-Lyne Mancini              

Bunker Hill                            Maryellen Perugini                 

Carrington                             Eileen McDonnell                  

Chase                                   Steven Matthews                               

W. Cross                               MaryLou Rinaldi                               

Driggs                                   Margaret Caizzo                     

Duggan                                  Christine Miller                                                          

Generali                                 Pamela Sarasin                                   

Gilmartin                                Karen Ieronimo Griffin                      

Hopeville                                Anne Harvey                                      

Kingsbury                               Bret Bisaillon                         

Maloney                                 Terri Daly                               

Reed                                      Julio Garcia                            

Regan                                    Jason Dombrowski                 

Rotella                                   Christina Altieri                     

Sprague                                  Ann Tucker                

Tinker                                     Lauren Olsen              

Walsh                                     Ariola Radhi              

Washington                             Emily Byron                           

Wilson                                    Linda Boisvert                                   

Alternative Programs               Matthew Wiener                                

North End                               John Costa                 

Wallace                                   Ann Grace Spizzoucco                                  

West Side                                Donajean Belcher                   

Crosby                                     Madeline Nolan                     

Kennedy                                  Robert Lopez                         

Waterbury Arts Magnet             Brenda Taylor            

Waterbury Career Academy       Linda Richard

Wilby                                      Matthew Magda                                 

 

WATERBURY TEACHER OF THE YEAR 2015, 2016 CONNECTICUT TEACHER OF THE YEAR, 2016 NATIONAL TEACHER OF THE YEAR

JAHANA HAYES

 Jahana Hayes, a John F. Kennedy High School history teacher, is an exemplary educator who brings a sense of “community” to the classroom. Not only does she encourage her students to “give back” but she also goes out into the community to meet parents, attend student performances or athletic events and participates in community events.

Jahana attributes part of her success as a teacher to the fact that she can readily relate to her students. As she described it during her interview, “I am that urban child.”  She is particularly proud to have spear-headed and effort to write a successful grant proposal with Dr. Tucker and Louise Brown for a $25,000 planning grant to recruit minority staff to the district.

Jahana is the current chair of the SOAR Review Board at Kennedy and has previously served as Lead Teacher for the 21st Century After School Program (2007-2014) and as the NEASC Committee Chairperson and Visiting Committee Member (2010-2014). She is also the current Chairperson of the Kennedy School Governance Council.

She currently teaches a wide range of students, from 9th grade World History honors SOAR to a 12th grade African American History class whose curriculum she wrote. 

BUILDING WINNERS

SCHOOL                              TEACHER                                                                                                                                      

Bucks Hill                             Ashley Mucciaro               

Bucks Hill Pre-K                    Stacey Salvietti                   

Bunker Hill                            Laura Reed                         

Carrington                             Christine MacDonald   

Chase                                  Lisa Quinn                       

W. Cross                              Kacey Sullivan                   

Driggs                                  Mary Moynihan

Duggan                                 Lisa Ieronimo

Generali                                Tracey Genua

Gilmartin                               Shernett Evans-Foster

Hopeville                               Kelley Wells

Kingsbury                             Alana DeFazio

Maloney                               Holly Smith

Reed                                   Denise Griffin

Regan                                  Lindsay O’Brien

Rotella                                Rosalie Veneziano

Sprague                              Shelby Goderre

Tinker                                 Mary Lafountain

Walsh                                 Patricia Spinella

Washington                         Jay Lanouette

Wilson                                Kelly Fengler

Alternative Programs           Deborah April

North End                           Miriam Wilson

Wallace                              Debra Gluz

West Side                          Tracy Padua-Racine

Crosby                               Tracy LeClerc

Kennedy                            Jahana Hayes

Waterbury Arts Magnet       John Mobilio

Waterbury Career Academy Michael Blasavage

Wilby                                 David Krill

 

2014 Teacher of the Year Award Winners

This year's Waterbury Teacher of the Year is Patricia Williams, Wallace Middle School.  Patricia is an exemplary educator who impressed our selection committee with her commitment to constantly reflect on her own performance as a teacher each day with the goal of improving her teaching so that her students can learn and achieve.  They liked her characterization of our students as having “big personalities” that can be put to full advantage in an active classroom environment.

 Building Winners:                                              

Bucks Hill                   Tina Taylor                 

Bucks Hill Pre-K         Sharon Taylor DiFederico                  

Bunker Hill                 Christine Schenzer     

Carrington                   Diane Mauceri            

Chase                          Andrew Luchina        

W. Cross                     Michelle Testa            

Driggs                          Jessica Sconziano

Duggan                       Jessica Rivera                         

Generali                       Amy Neibel                

Gilmartin                     Lisa Marie Klem

Hopeville                     Jason Mastrianni                    

Kingsbury                   Claire Hamel

Maloney                      Paul Murray   

Reed                            Elizabeth Hosking                  

Rotella                         Angela Heidgerd                   

Sprague                       Erin Ellington                         

Tinker                          Amy Mackay             

Walsh                          Megan Linehan          

Washington                 Melissa Calabrese                   

Wilson                         Jennifer Deeley                      

North End                   Deanna Hassan                                  

Wallace                       Patricia Williams        

West Side                    Melissa Perkins

Crosby                         Donna Mancuso                     

Kennedy                     Michael Clark             

Wilby                          Rossella Pulit             

Waterbury Arts Magnet          Meaghan Macary       

Enlightenment / State St.        Caryn Stellmach

Waterbury Career Academy   Ellen Perugini

 

2013 Teacher of the Year Award Winners

The Waterbury Teacher of the Year for 2013-2014 is Nina Agostine-Smith, Waterbury Arts Magnet School. Nina has ten years of teaching experience, all of them in her current position as a Theater Arts teacher, with 105 students assigned to her.  She is a graduate of the University of Scranton and of Chapman  University.   Her community involvement includes Kyla’s Road to the Cure, Shakesperience Productions, the Seven Angels Theater HALO awards, and Autism Speaks. As part of her theater arts productions, she regularly develops and distributes study guides for fellow teachers, including lesson plans, text analysis, and possible research opportunities for students, so that the production ties in to current curriculum. 

 Building Winners:                                              

Bucks Hill                   Anne Marie Fortuna               

Bucks Hill Pre-K         Karen Sullivan           

Bunker Hill                 Maryann Peschel                    

Carrington                   Jos Gagnon                

Chase                          Elizabeth Whitney     

W. Cross                     Elizabeth Gedraitis                

Driggs                          Zita Blake

Duggan                       Michelle Bell                          

Generali                       Michelle Predzimirski             

Gilmartin                     Nichalene Genovese

Hopeville                     Richard (Judd) Smith            

Kingsbury                   Anna Arcari   

Maloney                      Alzira Egan    

Reed                            Arleen Ruiz    

Regan                          Lisa Romano  

Rotella                         Suzanne Dionne                     

Sprague                       Patricia Lombardi                              

Tinker                          Mary Hallock             

Walsh                          Linda Strange

Washington                 Alicia Schiavo            

Wilson                         Stephanie Wright                   

North End                   Marie McDermott                              

Wallace                       Jennifer Formato        

West Side                    Elizabeth Bartley

Crosby                         Dana Forino               

Kennedy                     Lorraine Langlais                   

Wilby                          Jeanette Zuraitis                     

Waterbury Arts Magnet          Nina Agostine Smith 

Enlightenment / State St.        Melissa Levesque       

 

WATERBURY TEACHER OF THE YEAR  2012-2013

                 Vincent  Balsamo, a math teacher at Kennedy High School, was selected as Waterbury teacher of the Year, after three finalists, Mr. Balsamo, Mary Monroe from Rotella, and Fatos Meka, from West Side, were selected and interviewed.  He is the creator and lead mentor of Kennedy’s FIRST Robotics team, the Nuts and Bolts of Fury.  He encourages his students to participate in everything that benefits them and urges them to remember that “Organization is key.”   He feels that all students want to feel accepted and capable and that it is important that he model positive skills. 

 

2012 Teacher of the Year Award Winners

                                                                   

Bucks Hill                             Lindsey Federico  

Bucks Hill Pre-K                  Jennifer Drechsler

Bunker Hill                           Louise Byron     

Carrington                            Mary Baker      

Chase                                    Amy Rice        

W. Cross                              Linda McGill    

Driggs                                   Ashley Treichel

Duggan                                 Richard Hart

Generali                                 Karen Rutkowsky

Gilmartin                               Kelly Croce

Hopeville                             Laureen Lambo

Kingsbury                           Feigie Radner

Maloney                              Patricia Yurchyk

Regan                                  Rowena Zylali

Rotella                                 Mary Monroe

Sprague                               Cheryl Newland

Tinker                                 Mary Case

Walsh                                 Josefa Perez

Washington                      MaryAnn Malgari

Wilson                              Molly Mendez

North End                         Dana Wallace,

Wallace                             Bridget Regan

West Side                         Fatos Meka

Crosby                               Ryan McDonald

Kennedy                          Vincent Balsamo

Wilby                               Patricia Seymour

Waterbury Arts Magnet    Jeanette Gumbulevich

Enlightenment / State St.    Sue Phelan

 

 

 

 

 

WATERBURY TEACHER OF THE YEAR 2011-2012

James Butler exemplifies what great teaching looks like and his students leave with confidence and exceptional content knowledge, ready to meet the challenges of the world. Whether in the cafeteria, on bus duty or as co-advisor of the senior class, Mr. Butler possesses the innate ability, through compassion and reasoning, to have garnered the respect of colleagues and students in any situation. Jamie has been teaching for twelve years and is an outstanding Social Studies teacher and mentor. He develops and implements lessons that are steeped in authentic tasks by placing students in the moment that is being examined and by aligning connections to the curriculum of other disciplines (art, theater). 

 

 

2011 Teacher of the Year Award Winners

 

Barnard                 Frances Finkenzeller

Brooklyn                Carla Fidanza

Bucks Hill               Mary Wozniak

Bucks Hill Pre-K       Heidi Fay

Bunker Hill              Michael T. Labagh

Carrington               Pia Behlman

Chase                     Julia Matthews

W. Cross                 Johnna DiVito

Driggs                     Brenda Falcone

Generali                  Nikki Barbieri

Gilmartin                 Teresa Morais

Kingsbury                Eric Feeney

Maloney                  Domenica Zurlo

Regan                    Marion Ciarlo

Rotella                   Kelly Pinho

Sprague                 Maureen Miller

Tinker                    Jennifer Dimech

Walsh                   Yvonne Brown

Washington           Allysa J. Lombardo

Wilson                  Tara Schulte

North End              Maria N. Pesce

Wallace                Sharyn Ogrodnik

West Side            Marla Valente

Crosby                 Jennifer Stone

Kennedy              David A. Peruta

Wilby                   Raymond Byron

Waterbury Arts Magnet           James C. Butler

Enlightenment / State St.        Dana Coelho

 

 

 

 

 2010 This year’s Waterbury Teacher of the Year is JoAnne Piccirillo, a fifth grade teacher from Carrington School.  JoAnne is an outstanding teacher who challenges her students in creative ways, motivating each student to do his or her best.  She goes beyond teaching content to training her students to self-evaluate and guide their own learning.  For JoAnne, the world is full of real-life lessons she can bring back to the classroom. From listening to current events on the news to looking for science experiments in her flower garden, she is constantly looking for new ways to connect learning with life.  She has helped many of her students reach high levels of academic performance.

 JoAnne is also a strong member of Carrington’s School Improvement Team as well as a leading member of the school’s Professional Learning Communities team.  According to her colleagues, she never stops teaching.  In addition to her classroom, she teaches summer school and after-school as well.

 

JoAnne will be representing Waterbury in the Connecticut Teacher of the Year program this fall. 

 In addition to JoAnne, a number of outstanding teachers were recognized as their schools’ Teachers of the Year during a May 26 ceremony at Crosby High School.  They are:

 

Barnard              Gail Mikolsky

Brooklyn             Susan Field

Bucks Hill           Patricia Ferrare

Bunker Hill          Robert Perriello

Carrington           JoAnne Piccirillo

Chase                 Joan Thomas

W. Cross             Elizabeth Marshall

Driggs                  Justine Kuncas

Generali               Kathy Scovill

Gilmartin              Lorraine Trudeau

Kingsbury             Susan Meaney

Maloney               Susana Sanchez

Regan                  Jackie Scarmo

Rotella                  Marlene Lindquist

Sprague                Karen Hanas

Tinker                    Cynthia Rinaldi

Walsh                    Lorraine Elsemore

Washington           Brian Gilmore

Wilson                  Chakisha Canady

North End              Luanelly Iglesias

Wallace                 Marilyn Porzio

West Side             Elizabeth Burgos

Crosby                  Jeanne Bissonnette

Kennedy                Don Mancuso

Wilby                     Isabel Nunes

Waterbury Arts Magnet       Joann D’Angelo               

Enlightenment / State St.        Kathy Cardino

Bucks Hill Pre-K                    Roberta Vendetti

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!

 

 

THIS YEAR'S AWARDS PROGRAM WILL BE HELD ON THURSDAY, JUNE 4, 2009 AT CROSBY HIGH SCHOOL, BEGINNING AT 3:30 PM. 

CONGRATULATIONS TO THIS YEAR'S
BUILDING LEVEL TEACHERS OF THE YEAR:

Buck’s Hill Annex       Medelise Hubbard                                                                                 

Barnard                     Suzanne Jokubaitis                                

Brooklyn                    Branden Strileckis                  

Buck’s Hill                  Melissa Ciccone                                     

Bunker Hill                 Maureen Lyon       

Carrington                 Julie Plaza                                              

Chase                        Elizabeth Castro                                    

W. Cross                    Alicia Pomerleau    

Driggs                        Bernadette Ouellette                              

Generali                     John Orzechowski                 

Gilmartin                    Kathleen Orzechowski                          

Hopeville                    Maria Ramirez                       

Kingsbury                   Laura Halloran                       

Maloney                     Margarita  Vargas                   

Regan                        Kevin Mitchell                       

Rotella                       Meg Harrigan         

Sprague                     Claudia Bergin

Tinker                         Cathy Grasso

Walsh                         Talisha Foy

Washington                Art Principe                           

W. Wilson                   Monica O’Neal      

North End                   MJ DeFazio                           

Wallace                       Jessica Dizenzo     

West Side                   Joanne Piel

Crosby                        Kirk Palladino                                                                        

Kennedy                     Alison Cremins      

Waterbury Arts Magnet  Licia Fitzpatrick    

Wilby                          Syliva Demicco   

Enlightenment            Gail Moriarty

State St.                     (alternates with Enlightenment each year)

 

 

WATERBURY TEACHER OF THE YEAR FOR THE CURRENT YEAR WILL BE ANNOUNCED JUNE 4, 2009 AT THE CEREMONY HONORING ALL TEACHERS OF THE YEAR. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waterbury Teacher of the year for the 2008-2009 CT competition is Seth Danner, a mathematics teacher at Wallace Middle School. 

2007-2008 (CT state 2008-2009) Award Recipients

Barnard                                   Maureen McCasland 
Buck’s Hill Annex                  Heather Burke                                                         
Buck’s Hill                              Christopher Chieppo                                              
Bunker Hill                             Jill Murphy-Gilmore              
Carrington                               Julio Garcia, Jr.                                       
Chase                                      Annette Cassullo                                    
W. Cross                                 Krista L. Holley      
Driggs                                      Joy Cass DeVivo                    
Generali                                   Lenore Gagain                                         
Gilmartin                                 Carolyn LaCapra                    
Kingsbury                               Nicole L. Dean                        
Maloney                                 Rosanne Stango                       
Regan                                      Marilyn N. Baker                   
Rotella                                     Catherine Molaskey               
Sprague                                   Joan Lattanzio
Walsh                                      Dolores Rodriguez
Washington                             Justine LeVasseur-Burke                        
W. Wilson                               Betzaida (Betsy) Vega            
North End                               Catherine A. Leogrande                          
Wallace                                    Seth Danner            
West Side                                Norma Napomiceno
Crosby                                    Rosemarie Pedro Carvalho                                                                      
Kennedy                                 Frank Purcaro         
Waterbury Arts Magnet         Adam Ciarleglio      
Wilby