Staff Recognition

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Glastonbury Public Schools
2017-2018 Staff Awards & Recognition

Mary Pat Coburn (Smith Middle School Science) was Elected Middle Level Director for the National Science Teachers Association.

Glastonbury Public Schools recently received several awards from the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE). Our district was honored with following 2016 Bonnie B. Carney Awards of Excellence for Educational Communications: The Board of Education's 2017-2018 Budget document (First Place); the district's 2016 Art School Calendar (First Place); and the district's 2016 Veterans Day Slideshow (First Place).

Congratulations to the Glastonbury Public Schools Foreign Language Department, recipient of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Melba D. Woodruff Award for Exemplary Elementary Foreign Language Programs. This award recognizes our district’s commitment to providing elementary students with an outstanding foreign language program. We are proud of our quality curriculum and our dedicated foreign language educators.

Congratulations to Brenda Gregorski (GHS Math) and Diane Pintavalle (GHS Science) who have both been selected as State Finalists in the 2017 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). If chosen as a national finalist, these teachers would be honored at the White House in Washington D.C. Joshua Steffenson (GHS Science) and Rich Broggini (SMS Science) have both received these prestigious Presidential Awards and made the trip to Washington in the last two years!

Sandra Gustafson (GHS Art) has had her artwork selected for two exhibits this fall: 1) Sandra's acrylic portrait will be on display at the National Art Education Association (NAEA) Studio & Gallery in Alexandria, Virginia, from October 1, 2017 through April 15, 2018. Sixty works were selected from over 450 submissions nationwide for this exhibit. 2) Sandra's mixed media piece, "Reclining," was accepted into the 'Drawing from Perception VIII' art show, a national juried drawing exhibition organized by Wright State University’s Robert and Elaine Stein Galleries and the Department of Art and Art History. Her work will be on display from January 16 through February 25, 2018 at the Wright State University Creative Arts Center, in the Robert & Elaine Stein Galleries, Dayton Ohio.

Lynn Lettieri (BB/LINKS Art) is the recipient of the 2018 Connecticut Art Education Association's Elementary Art Educator Award. This annual award honors a teacher’s dedication and commitment to students and to the profession. Lynn will be recognized at an awards ceremony this spring.

Cindy Parsons (Director of Art) received the Eastern Region Supervision and Administration Art Educator Award. This award was bestowed by the National Art Education Association (NAEA). NAEA supports instructional practice, research, and leadership in visual arts education. 

Mark Pearsall (GHS Foreign Language) has been elected At-Large Member of the Board of Governors for the American Classical League.

Dr. Ken Roy (Director of Environmental Health & Chemical Safety) recently coauthored and self-published his 10th safety related book titled "Safer Makerspaces, Fab Labs, and STEM Labs: A Collaborative Guide!" This is the only book currently available on the planet dealing with this topic.  Click here for more information on the book.

Dr. Ken Roy (Director of Environmental Health & Chemical Safety) has recently achieved advanced level 3 Tai Chi/Qigong. He has been formally practicing Tai Chi/Qigong for over 15 years. He has been specializing in medical Qigong treatment. Medical Qigong is a branch of traditional Chinese medicine emerging as a cornerstone of many Eastern-influenced alternative medicine practices.

Jimmy Wildman (GHS Foreign Language) was elected to the Board of the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (NECTFL).