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Congratulations to Sheena Graham,

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Sheena Graham, 2019 Connecticut Teacher of the Year

Sheena Graham, a performing arts and choir teacher at Bridgeport’s Warren Harding High School, is the 2019 Connecticut Teacher of the Year. Currently in her 36th year of teaching, Mrs. Graham has spent her career educating a wide variety of students of all ages, ranging from pre-K through 12th grades. Her current assignments at the high school include teaching choir, black history chorale, peer leadership, theatre, piano, and performing arts.

Mrs. Graham has received several awards over her career, including the Beard Excellence in Teaching Award, the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Teacher of the Year Award, the NAACP Teacher of the Year Award, the Bridgeport Teacher of the Year Award two times, the Outstanding Teacher Recognition Award, and a Choral Director of Distinction Award. She was featured in the book Notable Valley African-Americans and has been recognized by several mayoral administrations, district superintendents, arts supervisors, and numerous other organizations for her work as an educator in the performing arts.

She graduated with a bachelor of science degree in music education from Western Connecticut State University and earned master’s degrees from St. Joseph University and Southern Connecticut State University.

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