Fairfield Hosts Awards Night for Top Local Educators
Last month, the Graduate School of Education and Allied professions welcomed 400 students, parents, faculty, and staff from the Bridgeport community to campus as part of the Bridgeport Higher Education Alliance (BHEA) Excellence in Education Week. Fairfield University honored 130 individuals from 10 Bridgeport schools.
Dean of the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions, Bob Hannafin, PhD, and Bryan Ripley Crandall, PhD, assistant professor and director of the Connecticut Writing Project-Fairfield, planned the evening in collaboration with school liaisons, principals, and administrators. Nine different awards were given to children K-8 and adults including the Peacemaker Award, Mentoring Award, and Parent/Guardian Award. Amy Marshall, chief academic officer at Bridgeport Public Schools (BPS), and the Chairman of Bridgeport’s School Board of Education Joe Larcheveque, were on hand to help give out the awards. Dr. Crandall was the master of ceremonies for the evening.
Dr. Hannafin commented, “This was a fabulous opportunity to recognize a number of deserving individuals, but we commend all of the amazing students, families, staff, and teachers in Bridgeport. We are honored to have hosted this event and look forward to doing it again next year.”
Dr. Crandall kicked off the event by welcoming everyone and thanking them for their contributions to making the Bridgeport community so strong. The overwhelming sense of pride in the room was evident as family, friends, and teachers cheered on their children, students, parents, faculty, and staff as each award was presented.
Maria Santiago, veteran teacher of 22 years who teaches fifth grade at Cesar Batalla School, was one of the recipients of the Mentor Award. The award is given to teachers who work effectively with peers and teachers to improve the quality of instruction and school climate.
Santiago shared, “I have been mentoring for many years and am the chair person for School Governance at Cesar Batalla. This award is so special to me. Of all the students I have worked with there is one special mentee I will never forget who I worked with for two years who achieved all five modules. To me, this award signifies her accomplishments.”
In his closing remarks Dr. Crandall said, “I’ve never gone to an awards ceremony that recognizes the power of all we are together. Tonight was a celebration of the many communities that make Bridgeport Public Schools great: kids, parents, paraprofessionals, teachers, and administrators. Next year, let’s work even harder to put BPS on the map while we raise the bar together.”
Members from the following Bridgeport School communities were honored at this year’s Excellence in Education Week at Fairfield University: Aquaculture School, Bassick High School, Cesar Batalla School, Black Rock School, Blackham School, Bryant School, Classical Studies Academy, Geraldine Claytor Magnet Academy, Columbus School, and Geraldine Johnson School.