Richard Storrs

Position: Social Studies Teacher School: East Hampton Middle School School District: East Hampton Public Schools City, State: East Hampton, Connecticut About the Nominee: Richard Storrs was nominated by his superintendent, Paul Smith. Asking students to think in the classroom is not necessarily a new idea, but when you step into Mr. Storrs' social studies class, […]


Dr. Joseph Erardi

Position: Superintendent School: Newtown Public Schools School District: Newtown Public Schools City, State: Newtown, Connecticut About the Nominee: "We were seen as a sleepy little town; and that's most assuredly not the case. The most complicated thing in the world is our reaction to the shootings." -Dan Cruson, Town Historian, Newtown CT Dr. Joseph Erardi's […]


Diane Blake

Position: High School Physical Science and Honors Chemistry TeacherSchool: Windham Technical High SchoolSchool District: Connecticut Technical High School SystemCity, State: Willimantic, ConnecticutAbout the Nominee: Ms. Blake is a vibrant, energetic, and outstanding educator who has been changing students’ lives for more than 20 years. She connects with students through creative lessons based on application technology […]


Debra Atkins

Position: Social Worker, Speech/Language PathologistSchool: Washington Elementary SchoolSchool District: Waterbury Public SchoolsCity, State: Waterbury, ConnecticutAbout the Nominee: Debra Atkins is an extraordinary woman who has an impact on every person at Washington Elementary School! Each day, she greets students and staff with warmth and caring. She is very astute in reading body language and instinctively […]


Marlene Frank

Position: Special Education TeacherSchool: Rogers Park Middle SchoolSchool District: Danbury Public SchoolsCity, State: Danbury, ConnecticutAbout the Nominee: For seventeen years, Marlene Frank has worked with the most fragile of special needs children. Some are physically disabled or need feeding tubes. Others are non-verbal or visually impaired. Almost all are wheelchair bound. She works with these […]