2021 CT Teacher of the Year and Paraeducator of the Year both hail from same Windsor school

WINDSOR, Conn. (WTNH) — Governor Ned Lamont and state Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona were in Windsor Friday morning to make a special announcement.

Rochelle Brown was named Connecticut’s 2021 Teacher of the Year, and Maria Sau was named the 2021 Anne Marie Murphy Paraeducator of the Year. Both are teachers at Windsor’s Poquonock School. 

“What a proud moment for Windsor Public Schools and Poquonock School,” Commissioner Cardona exclaimed.

The gym at Poquonock was filled with excitement — and celebration. The two received a standing ovation from their school community when the announcement was made.

“It is amazing that for the first time ever, Connecticut’s Teacher of the Year and Paraeducator of the Year both happen to come from the same school,” said Governor Lamont. “Ms. Brown and Mrs. Sau have both dedicated themselves to their students, and I cannot applaud them enough for the services they provide.”

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