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.”

Brown – a

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Baltimore City middle school teacher Wyatt Oroke named 2020-21 Maryland Teacher of the Year

Wyatt Oroke, a teacher at City Springs Elementary/Middle School School in Baltimore City, was named the 2020-21 Maryland Teacher of the Year on Thursday night.

Oroke has taught at City Springs in West Baltimore since 2015, and currently teaches seventh and eighth grade English, while also serving as a team leader, girls volleyball and boys basketball coach, and in a number of other roles in the school and his community. Oroke has received recognition for his teaching, including awards from the Johns Hopkins University, the Maryland State Senate, the Orioles and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres.

State Superintendent of Schools Karen B. Salmon made the announcement during a live special hosted in partnership by the Maryland State Department of Education and Maryland Public Television, celebrating Maryland educators and their commitment to excellence in education, according to a Maryland Department of Education news release. The special also marked 30 years of

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Florida teacher goes viral with tearful video about pressures of online teaching: ‘I am at my breaking point’

A Florida teacher has gone viral after she shared her concerns about teaching online in an open letter, along with a teary video to her school district last month.


Terry Kinder, a seventh grade civics teacher in Bellview, explained how she, and many other teachers are breaking under the pressures of teaching online while also having to give standardized tests to her students, despite technology limitations.


“I am tired. I am at my breaking point. All of us feel like we are drowning under the weight of the expectations for online learning,” Kinder wrote in the letter.


Kinder, who has been teaching for six years, Good Morning America reported, was initially hopeful

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Big surprise ‘a little surreal’ for Lyons-Decatur science teacher | Articles

While Timm relishes what small-town life offers him and his family, he said he encourages children to broaden their horizons.

“Our school’s gone 1-to1. Every kid (grades) 7 to 12 has a laptop,” he said. “Those kids are connecting to the world, and we can bring the world here through that process. So I want those kids to realize that, though you’re located in a place that you have to zoom in quite a ways on Google Earth to find us, that they have connections to the outside world, that they can bring themselves to the world while still getting a quality education here.”

Timm was inspired to become a teacher when, in high school, he attended a leadership conference in Washington, D.C.

Being named Teacher of the Year is “a little surreal,” he said.

“It was a surprise,” he said, but he had an inkling something was up when

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I’ve Been Watching My Kid’s Teacher on Zoom, and I’m Horrified

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We have our 6-year-old child in a Catholic school, and Catholic schools are the few schools open for in-person learning in our county. The year started with distance learning and without much notice opened for in-person learning, with an option to continue distance learning if desired. For a variety of reasons (rushed reopening with some serious safety concerns in the plan, no smaller class sizes, mixing cohorts at extended care, being the first schools in our area to reopen for in-person, and someone in our family who’s

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Inclusive playground opens at McBride Elementary; honors former special education teacher Nick Hostler

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – A new all-inclusive playground is open at McBride Elementary. And it’s named Mr. Nick’s playground in honor of former special education teacher, Nick Hostler.


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Nick Hostler’s dream as a special education teacher started out with an inclusive swing for his students.

“He shared very heartfelt concerns that involved the word play,” Mary Kay Hostler, Nick’s mother, says. “We now stand near the ground, where all children of all abilities can play together.”

After Nick died unexpectedly of a heart attack over two years ago, his parents decided to make his dream a reality. Rather than just a swing, Mr. Nick’s is now an inclusive playground with equipment for kids of all abilities.

“I think it’s important to know that a small dream can become a big reality and I think this playground is proof of that,” Mary Kay Hostler

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And the winner is … Meet the N.J. Teacher of the Year

Find all of the most important pandemic education news on Educating N.J., a special resource guide created for parents, students and educators.

This year’s New Jersey Teacher of the Year winner is Angel Santiago, a fifth-grade teacher in the Gloucester Township in Camden County who says he wants to advocate for more racial diversity in the state’s teachers.

Santiago was named the winner at Wednesday’s state Board of Education meeting, which was held virtually via live online video.

An emotional Santiago accepted the award from his classroom at Loring Flemming Elementary School.

“When I’m asked what I do for a living, I’ve never been more proud to say that I teach,” he said, giving a shoutout to all of his fellow New Jersey educators finding new ways to teach during the coronavirus pandemic.

Santiago, one of a small number of male Latino elementary school teachers in New Jersey, said

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Shave the Beard: Baldwin teacher competing to become Best Buddies champion

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A Baldwin High School special education teacher is competing to become the statewide champion for Best Buddies by promising a student a chance to shave his long beard.

Eric Jankoski, 38, of Scott, helped launch a chapter of Best Buddies – a global organization that focuses on inclusion for people with disabilities – at Baldwin High School last year. The chapter pairs students with disabilities to students without disabilities to foster friendships between the two.

Since its launch, the program has around 40 students involved, Jankoski said, and more have recently signed up. His involvement with the chapter, paired with the work he already does within the high school for students with disabilities, caught the attention Best Buddies.

“He lives and breathes what Best Buddies is all about,”

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Teacher survey says pandemic has deepened school inequities

Nearly 2,000 teachers answering a union survey say funding inequities between school districts have worsened with the COVID-19 pandemic, jeopardizing the safety of students and staff and widening the technology gap.

Released on Tuesday, the Connecticut Education Association survey found teachers in large poorly funded school districts are more likely to report shortages in cleaning supplies, personal protective equipment and learning resources.

Of particular concern, the union says, is the apparent lack of tools to properly engage students who are learning from home instead of the classroom.

“We are witnessing a broader awareness of inequities in our school districts and the dire consequences that come with them,” said CEA President Jeff Leake. “These issues are most severe in our lowest-performing school districts. We must demand changes in policies, programs and practices that condone or ignore unequal justice and hinder student success.”

The survey collected 1,935 responses, including 571 from teachers

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