Teacher of the Year 2021

Congratulations to all of our Teachers of the Year semifinalists and finalists! The Mohegan Tribe is extremely proud to be a sponsor of the Connecticut Teacher of the Year Program and we want you to know how much we admire you. Your teaching and love of children and young adults is clearly a passion and calling. 

As a matter of fact, our Tribe has a long history of educators throughout the centuries. We share this history and relationship with you and we continue to support this long Mohegan tradition of cooperation and outreach known as the Mohegan Way.

Your dedication to your students, passion for your craft and investment in the future of these impressionable children has not gone unnoticed. We invite all to join us in honoring the 2020 and 2021 Teacher of the Year semifinalists, finalists and winners. 

Winners

Meghan Hatch-Geary

2020 Connecticut Teacher of the Year
Woodland Regional High School, Beacon Falls

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Rochelle Brown

2021 Connecticut Teacher of the Year
Poquonock Elementary School, Windsor

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Finalists

Erin Pinsky

2020 Finalist
Joel Barlow High School, Redding

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Tara O'Neil

2020 Finalist
Lincoln Middle School & Washington Middle School, Meriden

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Christine Gamari

2021 Finalist
Torrington High School, Torrington

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Erica Strong

2021 Finalist
Lebanon Middle School, Lebanon

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Jacqueline Thurston

2021 Finalist
North Branford High School, North Branford

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Semi-finalists

Crystal Kitselman

2020 Semi-Finalist
North Mianus Elementary School, Greenwich

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Diane Pintavalle

2020 Semi-Finalist
Glastonbury High School, Glastonbury

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Emily Lisy

2020 Semi-Finalist
The Morgan School, Clinton

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Geralyn Nelson

2020 Semi-Finalist
East Haven Academy, East Haven

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Jennifer Stanish

2020 Semi-Finalist
Wolcott School, West Hartford

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John Martin

2020 Semi-Finalist
Wethersfield High School, Wethersfield

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Kathryn Dal Zin

2020 Semi-Finalist
Lyman Hall High School, Wallingford

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Lisa Romano

2020 Semi-Finalist
Rotella Magnet School, Waterbury

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Lynne Bridge

2020 Semi-Finalist
Tolland High School, Tolland

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Marcy Deschaine

2020 Semi-Finalist
Mountain View Elementary School, Bristol

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Susan Sager Mollica

2020 Semi-Finalist
Latimer Lane School, Simsbury

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Ashley Rancourt

2021 Semi-Finalist
Southeast Elementary School, Mansfield

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Bryan Holmes

2021 Semi-Finalist
Thomaston High School, Thomaston

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Christine Butler

2021 Semi-Finalist
Elizabeth Shelton School, Shelton

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Donna Tomasko

2021 Semi-Finalist
Cooperative Educational Services in Trumbull, CT

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Elsa Batista

2021 Semi-Finalist
Martin Kellogg Middle School, Newington

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Kara Sievel

2021 Semi-Finalist
John F. Kennedy Middle School, Southington

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Kimberly Hellerich

2021 Semi-Finalist
East Windsor High School, East Windsor

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Kristin Bengtson Mendoza

2021 Semi-Finalist
International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences at Wilbur Cross High School New Haven

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Leigh Connole

2021 Semi-Finalist
Canton High School, Canton

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Lori Peck

2021 Semi-Finalist
Ridgefield High School

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Congratulations to all of our Teachers

Ashley Rancourt
Calvin Gilliam
Christine Butler
Christine Gamari
Crystal Kitselman
Diane Pintavalle
Donna Tomasko
Elsa Batista
Erica Strong
Erin Pinskey
Geralyn Nelson
Jacqueline Thurston
Jennifer Stanish
John Martin
Leigh Connole
Lisa Romano
Lynne Bridge
Marcy Deschaine
Marie Perkins
Meghan Geary
Rochelle Brown
Lori Peck
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