Greenwich Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Toni Jones and Deputy Superintendent Dr. E. Ann Carabillo surprised first graders and their families after a spring music performance for parents on Thursday that New Lebanon School’s Erin John is the district’ selection for Connecticut State Department of Education’s 2024 Connecticut Teacher of the Year Program.
Ms John will be recognized at the Board of Education’s regularly scheduled business meeting on Wednesday, June 14 for this honor.
According to the Connecticut State Department of Education, the Teacher of the Year Program recognizes and honors teacher excellence. It does not attempt to select the “best” teacher; rather, to identify, from among many outstanding teachers of the year, one teacher to serve as a visible and vocal representative of what is best in the profession. The program celebrates excellence in teaching by recognizing teachers who have inspired a love for learning in their students and who have distinguished themselves in the profession.
Ms John has been with Greenwich Schools since 2012, first as a kindergarten teacher and now as first grade teacher at New Lebanon.
She contributes on numerous teams and committees including the PTA Curriculum Enrichment Team, PBIS/Safe School Climate Team, and Social Committee as well as a presenter for the Magnet Open House.
Ms John received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Maryland, a master’s in Classroom Technology from Wilkes University, and a Sixth-Year degree in Inclusive Classroom Teaching; Education and Classroom from the University of La Verne.
For more information about the CT Teacher of the Year Program, including its history, purpose, benefits, eligibility requirements, selection process, and the duties of the Connecticut Teacher of the Year, read the CSDE website.