Teacher of the Year

Congratulations Kara Sievel!

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

Learn More About Kara

Kara Sievel, Sixth-Year, is a Literacy Specialist at John F. Kennedy Middle School in Southington, Connecticut. For the past four years, Kara served on Southington’s district-wide SEL team in addition to leading Kennedy’s SEL committee and school-wide efforts.

Kara received her B.A. in Special Education and Elementary Education from Providence College, her M.S. in Remedial Reading and Language Arts and her Sixth-Year in Educational Leadership from Central Connecticut State University.

She is a caring and passionate professional with 20 years experience in educating students and adults, curriculum writing, coaching, and creating and facilitating professional development. Kara has benefited from numerous opportunities to continually strengthen her own knowledge of the social and emotional learning needs of all individuals. She was a founding member of the Ana Grace Project, has attended Dan Siegel’s Mind Retreat at Garrison Institute, as well as Mindful Leadership Summits, Wisdom 2.0 and Mindfulness in America conferences. Kara has also attended CARE for Teachers, was a two-year member of Yale’s Changemaker Fellowship Program, and received a Fund for Teachers grant in which she studied mindfulness and leadership in Bali, Indonesia.

Recently, Kara was chosen as Southington’s 2020-2021 Teacher of the Year and she was also named a 2021 Connecticut Teacher of the Year Semifinalist. Outside of work, Kara appreciates time spent with family and friends, traveling the world, being outdoors, reading and learning.

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
Generations past, present and future
Federal Recognition