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Stamford Foundation Annouces Educator Of The Year Nominees

The Stamford Public Education Foundation has announced its seven nominees for its Educator of the Year Award.
The Stamford Public Education Foundation has announced its seven nominees for its Educator of the Year Award. Photo Credit: Contributed

STAMFORD, Conn. – The Stamford Public Education Foundation has named its nominees for its Educator of the Year Award. 

The winner of the award, which will be announced at the foundation’s 2016 Excellence in Education Awards Thursday, March 24, will receive a $1,000 donation for their classroom. 

The nominees are: 

  • George Beratis of Stamford High School
  • Christine Bisceglie of Academy of Information Technology and Engineering
  • Cara Denison of Rogers International School
  • Efralim Diaz of Dolan Middle School
  • Jim Forde of Cloonan Middle School
  • Melissa Smith of Julia A. Stark Elementary School
  • Jaime Watson of Stillmeadow Elementary School.

The foundation also recently announced two Excellence in Education Award recipients, who are being honored for their leadership roles in education: Robert Phillips for his guidance and support to the foundation the past 20 years and Fairfield County’s Community Foundation for its leadership and innovation in the area of education and its generosity in helping the foundation pursue its mission. 

“We’re thrilled for the opportunity to recognize these seven educators for their dedication to enriching the educational experience of their students. Additionally, I can’t think of anyone more deserving of SPEF’s Leadership Award than Bob Phillips. He has been an integral part of shaping SPEF and continues to support the Foundation as we build our future. Equally impressive is SPEF’s partnership with Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, which continues to be a leader in the area of education and is a critical partner in helping SPEF achieve our mission,” said SPEF CEO Matthew Quinones.

The Excellence in Education Awards recognize businesses and community leaders for their commitment and service to education in Stamford. It is an opportunity to celebrate the hard work and dedication of those who help students perform better, both in school and beyond into post-secondary education and the working world. 

The awards event is from 6-9 p.m. at the Sheraton Stamford Hotel, 700 E. Main St., Stamford. Tickets for the evening, which includes hors d’oeuvres, drinks and inspirational presentations, are available by calling 203-965-7733. 

The Stamford Public Education Foundation's mission is to support the students and teachers in Stamford's Public Schools through community collaboration and philanthropy. For more information, call 203- 965-7733 or go here.

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