Jan 13, 2014
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Education

Six Connecticut Teachers Win Ronald McDonald House Charities Local Hero Awards

Six Connecticut Teachers Win Ronald McDonald House Charities Local Hero Awards

A group shot of the winners from the Ronald McDonald House Charities website.

Denise Chabot believes teaching is in her blood, and that passion for teaching has helped the first grade teacher receive two prestigious awards in one year, the most recent being a Ronald McDonald House Charities Local Hero Award, which recognizes teachers for their hard work and commitment to shaping the futures of children from Connecticut and Western Massachusetts.

Chabot (shown at right with 'Ronald McDonald') teaches first grade at J. Milton Jeffrey Elementary School in Madison.

Chabot was one of 10 teachers in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts who received the award.

“The selected teachers from Connecticut and Western Massachusetts have all exhibited tremendous dedication to their profession and outstanding efforts in servicing their schools and communities,” the Ronald McDonald House Charities says online in a post about the awards. “To further recognize each recipient, RMHC awarded a $1,000 grant to each teacher’s school in his/her honor.”

Other Connecticut teachers receiving the award were:

  • Kathy LaPlatney – Math Teacher, East Lyme Middle School/ Niantic
  • Joleen Pillar – Library/Media Specialist, The Gilbert School/ Winsted
  • Robert Rose – 7th Grade Language Arts Teacher, Smith Middle School/ Glastonbury
  • Joan Mastromonaco – Social Studies Teacher, East Hampton High School/ East Hampton
  • Alicia Schiavo – 5th Grade Teacher, Washington Elementary School/ Waterbury

In October, teachers who showed dedication to their profession and outstanding efforts in servicing their schools and communities, were given a plaque by the Ronald McDonald Board of Directors at the Governor’s Residence in Hartford.

According to a press release, Chabot has achieved a number of accomplishments, such as collaborating with colleagues including media specialists and special education teachers to engage each student in new levels of learning, welcoming parents into her classroom and creating authentic learning interactions for those involved. Also mentioned was building open communication between the classroom and home with a website and newsletter keeping parents updated with new lessons and topics for discussion.

Chabot’s father was a teacher.

“I remember I used to sit in the back of his classroom when I was young,” Chabot said. Her sister also shares the same profession.

Chabot spent time teaching kindergarten and second grade. She’s been teaching for 24 years and this past year has been “one of the craziest,” she said.

At the beginning of the 2013-14 school year, Chabot was honored with the Teacher of the Year Award from Superintendent of Schools Thomas Scarice.

“The gist of my speech at that meeting was that elementary school teachers are finally getting some recognition for all of our hard work,” Chabot said.

See the full New Haven Register story on Chabot.

The Western Massachusetts award-winning teachers were:

  • Katie Bevan – 4th Grade Teacher, Sumner Avenue Elementary School/ Springfield
  • Lauren Dion – 1st Grade Teacher, Woodland Elementary School/ Southwick
  • Mary Madru – English Language Arts Teacher, North Middle School/ Westfield
  • Anne Marie Osheyack – English Teacher, Northampton High School/ Northampton

 

Six Connecticut Teachers Win Ronald McDonald House Charities Local Hero Awards

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