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.

Trail of life
Represents the path walked in life
Council of Elders
“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
Became co-owners of the New England Black Wolves lacrosse team, a traditional Native American sport