Waterbury Public Schools is delighted to announce that Mr. Jason Martinez has been named the district’s 2021 Teacher of the Year. Mr. Martinez, who has been with the district for 17 years, is a physical education teacher at North End Middle School. He is beloved by his school community, which described him as someone who “shares his positivity and enthusiasm for learning with his students every day.” Mr. Martinez embraced this extraordinarily challenging year, designing a 10-week virtual fitness program for his students.
Mr. Martinez is a lifelong resident of the city and is deeply committed to his community, spearheading the city’s Kids Marathon Program, which has grown to be the largest outreach program in the city, for several years. He also served as head football coach at Crosby High School.
“We are very excited that Mr. Martinez has been selected as this year’s Waterbury Teacher of the Year,” said Superintendent Verna D. Ruffin. “He is devoted to his students and exemplifies the best of the teaching profession, inspiring his colleagues through the years and particularly this year.”
Ms. Gramatto (Grace) Tzepos Morikis, a 4th grade teacher at Bunker Hill Elementary School, Ms. Krislyn Petti, an English Language Arts teacher at Wilby High School, Ms. Stefanie Ann-Teta Porcaro, an art teacher at Rotella Interdistrict Magnet School and Ms. Mary-Ann Sagnella, PhD, a World Language teacher at John F. Kennedy High School, were also selected among several applicants as Waterbury Teacher of the Year finalists. Mr. Martinez will be considered for the title of Connecticut Teacher of the Year, which is traditionally announced in the fall.
The district extends its deepest congratulations to all of this year’s honorees. The teachers, selected by their school, have been recognized for their incredible contributions to the field of education. Each one has inspired a love for learning in their students and has supported their colleagues through an extraordinarily challenging year.
Teachers of the Year
Bucks Hill Preschool- Amy Murphy
Bucks Hill – Daniel Marcano, Jr.
Bunker Hill- Grammato (Grace) Tzepos Morikis
B.W. Tinker- June M. Chiarillo
Carrington- Elvira Barbosa
Driggs- Theresa Owens
F.J. Kingsbury- Sandra VanAmburg
Frank G. Regan- Alana DeFazio
Gilmartin- Nirmala Amrit Vowe
Hopeville- Cara Martini Munro
H.S. Chase- Darlene Lerz
John Duggan- Karen Gaudiosi
Jonathan E. Reed- Marie SunnyRose Shampang
Maloney Interdistrict Magnet- Erin Fogarty
M.M. Generali- Karen Lowe
Rotella Interdistrict Magnet- Stefanie Ann-Teta Porcaro
Sprague- Heather Stasaitis
Walsh- Kenneth Yaffe
Washington- Joanne Alonzo
Wendell L. Cross- Michelle Quintana
Woodrow Wilson- Katy Torres
Crosby High School- Marie M. Calma
Enlightenment School- Anthony R. Varrone
John F. Kennedy High School- Mary-Ann Sagnella, PhD
North End Middle School- Jason Martinez
State Street Program- Alexa Bandurski
Wallace Middle School- Raymond James Irrera
Waterbury Arts Magnet School- Justin Amenta
Waterbury Career Academy- Richard Pastore
West Side Middle School- Matthew LaMontagne
Wilby High School- Krislyn Petti