Tag Archives: Teacher of the Year


Education a second career for Region 16 torchbearer

REGION 16 — Region 16’s 2016 Teacher of the Year traded a corporate office for a classroom nearly 20 years ago and never looked back. Lisa Olivere, a 51-year-old West…


Teacher of the year evolves with students

NAUGATUCK — Learning how to engage a new crop of students year after year is a lot like playing poker. At least that is the analogy veteran teacher Charley Marenghi…


Veteran educator named teacher of the year

NAUGATUCK — City Hill Middle School teacher Tiffany Deitelbaum believes all children inherently want to learn and that it is her job to educate them, no matter the challenges. While…


Nominations sought for teacher of the year

REGION 16 — The Region 16 school district, which oversees schools in Beacon Falls and Prospect, is seeking nominations for the 2015 Teacher of the Year. Parents, students, staff and…

Woodland Regional High School social studies teacher Deb Flaherty is the Region 16 Teacher of the Year for 2013-14. Flaherty has also been named a semifinalist for Connecticut Teacher of the Year. –ELIO GUGLIOTTI

Flaherty represents Region 16 as teacher of the year

REGION 16 — Deb Flaherty didn’t think her career path would lead to the classroom after earning her undergraduate degree in family studies from the University of Connecticut. “I never…

Woodland Regional High School Principal Arnold Frank, left, congratulates Woodland physics teacher Mark Mierzejewski on being named Region 16’s 2013 Teacher of the Year during a ceremony Sept. 12 at Laurel Ledge Elementary School in Beacon Falls. –ELIO GUGLIOTTI

Students change forecast for teacher of the year

BEACON FALLS — After earning a degree in meteorology, Mark Mierzejewshi started substitute teaching part time until a meteorologist job came along. Twenty-five years later Mierzejewshi is still teaching only…

Nominations open for Region 16 teacher of the year

PROSPECT — The Region 16 school district is seeking nominations for the 2013 Teacher of the Year. Parents, students, and staff members are encouraged to nominate a tenured teacher, who…

Laurel Ledge School teacher Shannon Kotsaffis, center, was named Region 16 Teacher of the Year. Kotsaffis is flanked by Region 16 Board of Education Chair Donna Cullen and Superintendent of Schools James Agostine. ELIO GUGLIOTTI

The word’s out about Region 16’s Teacher of the Year

BEACON FALLS — Parents can’t say enough about Shannon Kotsaftis, Region 16’s Teacher of the Year. The second grade Laurel Ledge School teacher has an innate ability to connect with…