Nomination period opens for Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award
GREENWICH — Everyone remembers that top teacher, the one who pushed students to do their very best. The Greenwich Distinguished Teachers Awards Committee is now inviting nominations for the annual award.
Parents, students, colleagues and community members can start nominating any Greenwich Public School educator for the 2019 Distinguished Teachers Award online or in each school building, the committee announced Wednesday.
The committee, made up of 20 school board members, teachers, administrators, parents and community members, will choose six teachers to honor next spring — but only one will have the chance to represent GPS in the 2020 Connecticut Teacher of the Year program. In the last decade, six Greenwich Distinguished Teachers have been selected as semifinalists or finalists in the race for Connecticut Teacher of the Year.
The deadline for nominations, which can be written in English or Spanish, is 5 p.m. March 7.
Teachers are chosen for the enthusiasm and achievement they inspire in their students, their knowledge of their subject, their communication skills and their contributions to their school or the district. They must be full-time Greenwich Public School staff members with at least five years of teaching experience, including three years in the district. Candidates must submit their resume and an essay.
More than 200 Greenwich teachers have been honored since the committee was formed in 1984. Anthony Mullen, a 2008 Distinguished Teacher, was the last to earn the distinction of Connecticut Teacher of the Year, in 2009.
Western Middle School English teacher Michele Giorlando DeRosa, the 2018 representative to the Connecticut Teacher of the Year Program, sets the bar high.
DeRosa is an educator in the AVID program, or Advancement Via Individual Determination, which offers focused studies for kids aiming to be the first in their family to go to college. She has coached the Quiz Bowl to the National Quiz Bowl Tournament for four years now. Since joining the staff at Western, she created an interdisciplinary STEMinar class, funded by the Greenwich Alliance for Education Reaching Out Grant, and has edited the school’s literary magazine.
Read more about the 2018 Distinguished Teachers here.