Connecticut Teacher of the Year Program
Welcome to the official website of the Connecticut Teacher of the Year Council, an organization committed to the preservation and enhancement of the Connecticut Teacher of the Year Program. The Council works with the Connecticut State Department of Education and other corporate and organizational partners to celebrate teaching excellence through the recognition of educators who have inspired a love for learning in their students, and who have distinguished themselves in the profession. Our leadership team is comprised of past and present Connecticut Teachers of the Year, as well as individuals who represent prominent organizations within the educational community. We are proud to be a nationally recognized program, and we hope you will join us in our mission of honoring and engaging Connecticut teachers as we work to elevate the teaching profession in our state and beyond.
David Bosso, Ed.D.
President, Connecticut Teacher of the Year Council
2012 Connecticut Teacher of the Year
The Connecticut Teacher of the Year Council is the proud recipient of a “Sammie” from the Mark Twain House and Museum as its Education Partner of the Year!
(from L-R): James Golden, Director of Education at the Mark Twain House and Museum, Blaise Messinger, 2013 Connecticut Teacher of the Year, and David Bosso, 2012 Connecticut Teacher of the Year and President of the Connecticut Teacher of the Year Council
Congratulations, Lauren Danner, for being named the 2017 Connecticut Teacher of the Year!
Read the press release about Lauren and her selection here.
Watch scenes from the press conference from Fox 61 here.
A Celebration of Excellence!
2016 CT Teacher of the Year Finalists recognized at Celebration of Excellence (from L-R: Shaun Mitchell, Bridgeport Public Schools; David Bosso, CT Teacher of the Year Council President; Jahana Hayes, Waterbury Public Schools and 2016 National Teacher of the Year; Dianna R. Wenztell, Commissioner of Education; Allan Taylor, Chairman, State Board of Education; Dylan Connor, Stratford Public Schools; Chris Todd, Windsor Public Schools, CSDE Teacher Leader in Residence
CSDE Talent Office, Bureau of Educator Effectiveness at Celebration of Excellence (From L-R: Sharon Fuller, Education Consultant; Kim Wachtelhausen, Teacher of the Year Coordinator; Claudine Primack, Education Consultant; Chris Todd, Teacher Leader in Residence (2014-2016); Gady Weiner, Data Manager, Shannon Marimón, Division Director; Sarah Barzee, Chief Talent Officer
Congratulations, Jahana Hayes, for being named the 2016 National Teacher of the Year!
Click on the image above to watch the announcement on CBS This Morning
Click here to read the press release from the Connecticut State Department of Education
Jahana is the fourth Connecticut Teacher of the Year to be named National Teacher of the Year!
Jahana Hayes, 2016 Connecticut Teacher of the Year, named national finalist!
Hayes joins a distinguished list of Connecticut teachers who have been recognized as national finalists, including Anthony J. Mullen (2009), Marian Galbraith (2002), Fie K. Budzinsky (1996), LeRoy Hay (1983), Shirley J. Gillis (1981), Harold Frazier (1964), and Dorothy Hamilton (1953). Mullen, Hay, and Hamilton were named National Teachers of the Year.
Lauren Danner, 2017 Connecticut Teacher of the Year
Lauren Danner is a General Science/Biology teacher and Science Department Leader at North Branford High School. Lauren first became interested in a teaching career as she pursued a Bachelor of Science degree in Diagnostic Genetic Sciences from the University of Connecticut, working as a laboratory teaching assistant for the program. Upon graduating, Lauren worked as a cytogenetic technologist at Mt. Sinai Hospital, followed by a cell culture technologist position at Neurogen Corporation, where she was employed for ten years.Read More