Teacher of the Year

Congratulations Bryan Holmes!

2021 Semi-Finalist
Thomaston High School, Thomaston

Learn More About Bryan

Bryan Holmes is the 2021 Teacher of the Year for Thomaston, Connecticut. After a 20-year Air Force career as a pilot and engineering manager, Bryan began his teaching career in Air Force Junior ROTC at Danbury High School. He earned his certification in physics, then he modified the AFJROTC curriculum to be more STEM-based. He earned his Sixth Year degree in educational leadership and a second Master’s degree in teaching and learning.

In 2012, Bryan became a physics and engineering teacher at Ridgefield High School. He honed his skills as a teacher, integrating math, science and engineering design in all of his classes, and he mentored students in extracurricular STEM activities.

In 2015, Bryan was chosen to set up an Academy of Aerospace and Engineering in Newington. He helped design the facility, planned and budgeted for equipment and supplies, wrote the curriculum for eight different courses, trained a second teacher, and recruited and taught students accepted into the academy program.

In 2018, Bryan was recruited to Thomaston High School to invigorate the STEM program. He rewrote curriculum and led the introduction of a science research program. He and his wife, Christine, live in Watertown, Connecticut. 

Became first Native American tribe in the US to own a professional sports team
“We want people to feel that the Mohegans are about the future…”
– Melissa Tantaquidgeon Zobel
“We are no longer the little old tribe that lives upon the hill. We are now the nation that lives upon the hill.”
– Ralph Sturges
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