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Darien Teachers Win Grants for Special Training

DARIEN, Conn. – Darien Advocates for the Education of the Gifted held a reception at Middlesex Middle School for the 2011 recipients of grants from the Barbara Harrington Fund. The fund was established in 1984 by Darien Advocates in honor of Barbara Harrington, founder of Darien’s IDEA program for gifted students.

The following 32: teachers received grants:

Darien High School

Bonita Messman, Math

Michelle Currier, Art

Hai-Ming Wu, World Language

Catherine Ermann, Science

Dorine Bosler, Art

Charlene Riordan, World Langauge

Middlesex Middle School

Madelyn Mainiero, Science

Peter Martin, Science

Rosemary Ceillini, Art

Hindley Elementary School

Cara Martin, IDEA

Denise Jones, Instruction Specialist

Holmes Elementary School

Emily Simpson, Special Education

Ruth Lettera, Music

Heidi Gropp, Special Education

Kimberly Nielsen, First Grade

Sophie Kozlowski, Music

Ox Ridge Elementary School,

Thalia Goo, Special Education

Elizabeth Zawatski, Special Education

Jean Clinton, Instruction Specialist

Royle Elementary School

Keith Satter, Fifth Grade

Lauren Mailhot, Fourth Grade

Ryan Betts, Fourth Grade

Mary McGee, Instruction Specialist

Jessica Scalise-Reardon, Special Education

Devon Martin, Fourth Grade

Kevin McCully, Fourth Grade

Stacey Psichopaidas, Third Grade

Tokeneke Elementary School

Sarah Taylor, Third Grade

Linda Yoffe, Art

Amanda Thomas, Third Grade

Teachers use the grants to take courses to enrich teaching skills. Special Fund awards are available to teachers, aides and parent volunteers to develop after-school enrichment programs. The funds are provided by dues and contributions from Darien Advocates members.

Do you know any exceptional teachers in Darien? Tell us about them in the comments below.

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