STAMFORD, Conn. -- Four teachers of nine nominees are now finalists for the Stamford Public Schools Teacher of the Year awards.
The finalists are Jennifer Bernstein , Apples Early Childhood Center; Vibha Khetan , Westhill High School; Vincent Urbanowski, Academy of Information Technology and Engineering; and Dave Wooley , Westhill High School.
The nominees including, Joanne Floyd, Cloonan; Deanna Molnar, Northeast; Ashley Porter-Collins, Westhill High School; George Rigakos, Stillmeadow; and Melissa Valendra, Cloonan had to submit essays and be interviewed by a committee.
For the next phase, the finalists will submit a 30-minuted taped class lesson for review by the committee.
The Teacher of the Year and Spotlight on Teachers Awards Program Committee has also chosen the following group of teachers and teams of teachers as this year’s Spotlight on Teachers Award winners:
- Maryanne Cortese, Hart
- Ashlee Dubois, Cloonan
- Mary Enright, Toquam
- Katherine Fox, Rogers
- Mary Raphael George, SHS
- Lauren Hofer, Toquam
- Nicole Marciano, Dolan
- Laura Marino, Central Office
- Jaime Michaels, CLC William Pitt
- D. Claude Morest, AITE
- Claudia Nerreau, SHS
- Patty Nestor, WHS
- Katherine Olson, Toquam
- Lisa Rich, SHS
- Scofield Phys. Ed. Team: Steve Brienza, Vickie Summa and Megan Anthony
- Laura Tintle, WHS
- Katherine Tobin, WHS
- Brian West, TOR
- WHS Guidance Team: Tom Agosto and Paola Ochoa
Nominations were solicited from January through early February. The Teacher of the Year and Spotlight Awards Program Committee members evaluated all submissions based on the following criteria: Outstanding Teaching, Exceptional Student Support, Exemplary Community Involvement, and Positive Influence on School Culture. From among those submissions, the committee chose 22 individuals to be honored with a Spotlight Award, as well as the more exclusive group to be considered for Teacher of the Year nominees
A Stamford Public Schools celebration on May 4 will honor the Teacher of the Year, Teacher of the Year nominees and Spotlight Award winners.