Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jill Gildea has announced the selection of Ms. Michele Giorlando DeRosa, English Language Arts and AVID teacher at Western Middle School, as the Greenwich Public Schools representative for the 2019 Connecticut Teacher of the Year program.
Ms. Giorlando DeRosa will be recognized by the Board of Education at the June 14, 2018 meeting at Glenville School, 7:00 p.m.
Dr. Gildea said, “Selecting only one teacher to represent Greenwich in the State’s program was a daunting task. Each one of our 2018 Distinguished Teachers would represent Greenwich quite well. In addition to her admirable work as an educator in general and her innovative work in the AVID and STEMinar programs at Western Middle School, her students best articulate why I have selected Michele to represent Greenwich in the 2019 Connecticut Teacher of the Year program, ‘Mrs. ‘G’ connects with us; she makes us feel valued and that our ideas are important.’”
Ms. Giorlando DeRosa will also be honored by the Distinguished Teachers Awards Committee and by the Greenwich Kiwanis Club at the June 14 Board of Education meeting. The Kiwanis Club will present Ms. Giorlando DeRosa with the Joseph Mitchell Kaye Award. Mr. Kaye was a past President of the Greenwich Kiwanis Club, a Lieutenant Governor of the Kiwanis Club for the New England District, and served on the Greenwich Board of Education.
Ms. Giorlando DeRosa is one of the six teachers selected and honored by the Distinguished Teachers Awards Committee this year in April. The Superintendent of Schools is charged with selecting from among the six Distinguished Teachers annually, the one teacher that will represent Greenwich in the State’s program. Throughout the months of May and June, Dr. Gildea reviewed the nomination packets submitted for the Distinguished Teachers eligible for and participating in the District process for the State’s program; spent time in each of their classrooms; and reviewed essays submitted as part of the selection process.