Teacher of the Year

Congratulations Christine Butler!

2021 Semi-Finalist
Elizabeth Shelton School, Shelton

Learn More About Christine

Christine Butler began her career as a third grade teacher in Fairfield before bringing her love of teaching to the Shelton Public Schools. There, she taught second and third grades for several years before accepting a position as a TESOL teacher. 

In addition to teaching kindergarten - fourth grade English Learners, Christine is one of the lead educators to facilitate the work of Project ExcEL, a U.S. Department of Education grant awarded to her district in 2016. This grant work has ignited her second passion: collaboration with educators, parents and community partners. Christine has designed and implemented district professional learning, curriculum, parent/family workshops and community events. 

Christine is one of the founding members of the Excel Leadership Academy, a non profit organization, designed to grow the work of Project ExcEL into a nationwide program. Christine tri-authored coursework for microcredential programs to be used as professional learning for K-12 educators.

Christine, a resident of Waterbury, CT, graduated magna cum laude from Sacred Heart University with Bachelor's Degrees in psychology and elementary education and a minor in Spanish. She earned a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Fairfield University. She continued on to earn a Master's Degree in Special Education and a Sixth Year Degree and certification in TESOL.

Gladys Tantaquidgeon
10th generation of Chief Uncas
Federal Recognition
Became co-owners of the New England Black Wolves lacrosse team, a traditional Native American sport
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