Teacher of the Year

Congratulations Jacqueline Thurston!

2021 Finalist
North Branford High School, North Branford

Learn More About Jacqueline

Jacqueline Thurston has been a special educator in North Branford, Connecticut for the past fifteen years. She graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary and Special Education from Providence College in 2006 and worked as a resource and inclusion teacher at Totoket Valley Elementary School and North Branford High School. Here she was a part of the School Climate Committee, ran the Student Senate, coordinated the After School Enrichment programs, GSA Co-advisor, Global Citizens Club Co-advisor, and started Global Education initiatives.

She went on to get a Masters in Holistic Thinking from The Graduate Institute as well as a Masters in Physical Education with a concentration in Adventure and Experiential Education from Plymouth State University. She facilitates on ropes courses across CT including Hopkins School and Winding Trails. 

In 2018, she was awarded a Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms fellowship which gave her the opportunity to teach in India as well as explore their education system, participate in cultural events, and develop global relationships. In 2020, she became North Branford District Teacher of the Year and CT TOY Semi-finalist. 

She is also the president of the CABO Foundation which awards young Connecticut leaders in the LGBTQQIA community college scholarships. She is currently pursuing her 092 Certification from Sacred Heart University.

Mohegan Church founded
Became co-owners of the New England Black Wolves lacrosse team, a traditional Native American sport
“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
"Observe, Concentrate and Remember”
– Harold Tantaquidgeon