Teacher of the Year

Congratulations Lisa Romano!

2020 Semi-Finalist
Rotella Magnet School, Waterbury

Learn More About Lisa

Lisa Romano’s career in education began as a behavioral specialist in a special education school. There she worked with children with emotional, psychological, and learning vulnerabilities with the goal of successfully transferring students back to their local schools. During this time, the power of relationships became apparent. Connecting with kids became her passion, and teaching was the best way to do so.

When Lisa became certified in elementary education, she knew that she wanted to teach in and serve the district where she attended grammar school. The Waterbury Public Schools taught Lisa to love learning and she has now worked there for 8 years. She has worked as a student teacher, literacy interventionist, summer school administrator, and classroom teacher. In any role, she educates through the lens that all students have the ability to learn at high levels regardless of their differences or life circumstances.

Lisa has been recognized by community organizations for her efforts. She was presented with a “challenge coin” from the chief of the Waterbury Police Department for going above and beyond for the Waterbury community. In addition, she was named a Shoprite and Waterbury Foodbank Community Partner and was awarded the Horace Mann Educators Corporation Crystal Apple Award.

Lisa prides herself on being a lifelong learner. She has earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a mental health concentration from Southern Connecticut State University, a master’s degree in elementary education from Southern Connecticut State University, and a 6th year advanced degree in educational leadership, and 092 certification from the University of Bridgeport. She is currently a doctoral student at the University of Bridgeport studying educational leadership. She teaches her students that education is the one thing that no one can ever take away from you - a sentiment that was instilled in her by her mother.

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