Lauren Danner, the 2017 Connecticut Teacher of the Year, is a science teacher 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.
Fueled by a passion of science and learning, Lauren decided to return to school, receiving a Master of Science degree in Education from the University of New Haven. Lauren has been teaching at North Branford High School since 2010. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Lauren has served as the 9-12 Science Department Leader. She is a member of the NBHS Data Team, Faculty Council, NB District Technology Team, and Summer Reading Committee. In 2012, Lauren was nominated by a student and won a nationwide contest entitled “Here Comes the Boom-Most Inspirational Teacher.” She was awarded $10,000, designated for NBHS extracurricular activities. Lauren is also the recipient of the 2017 Connecticut Science Teachers Association Excellence in Secondary Science Teaching Award.