Norwich Public Schools announce Teacher and Para Educator of the Year awards
By Jessica Dolliver, For The Bulletin
NPS Teacher of the Year for 2022
Liza Krider was named 2022 Norwich Public Schools Teacher of the Year on May 26. She was honored during a schoolwide event. Superintendent Kristen E. Stringfellow, Krider's family, and other key staff remained hidden until Principal Kristie Bourdoulous surprised her while blindfolded. She was greeted with a huge banner that said congratulations, while her daughter presented her with a Teacher of the Year t-shirt and her husband gave her flowers to celebrate the momentous occasion.
NPS Para Educator of the Year for 2022
Harriet Burchman was named 2022 Norwich Public Schools Para Educator of the Year on May 28. She was honored during a schoolwide event. Superintendent Kristen E. Stringfellow, Principal Susan Lessard, Staff, and students greeted her with a banner that said, “We Love Mrs. Burchman.”
All Fired Up for Kindergarten
On Saturday, June 5, Norwich Public Schools and Norwich School Readiness Council are hosting a drive-through event at Stanton Elementary for families who need to register their child for kindergarten. Start the registration process to get a custom t-shirt for your incoming kindergartener. Once the registration process is completed, students receive a Kindergarten-ready Pack to start their school career off right! Families will meet and see some of Norwich’s finest First Responders. The event begins at 10 a.m. and runs until 1 p.m. The rain date is June 12, 2021.
Norwich Family Resource Center hosts a free playgroup for children from birth through preschool age every Wednesday until the end of June. Highlights include activities like storytime, songs, fingerplays, dancing, as well as free books and parent resources. The playground is across from Norwich Recreation Department at 75 Mohegan Road in Norwich. The playgroup starts at 10 a.m and runs for an hour. Please contact Cindy Beauregard at 860-608-8264 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Summer Learning Program
The focus of the summer learning program starting July 6 is to engage Norwich students in fun by providing in-person learning opportunities following the virtual learning world created by the pandemic. Students begin their days with hands-on project-based learning and interactive learning stations and move on to enrichment activities offered by Norwich Recreation and other community partners in the afternoon. Every Friday, students will go on field trips to museums, local attractions, and fun on-site events. The program runs through August 6. The summer enrichment camp will continue until August 20.
May 2021 District Monthly Awards
The following received district awards for May: Special Education Teacher Liza Droesch from John B. Stanton Elementary School accepted The Key is ME! Award with her student in tow. Transition Job Coach Austin Dayger from Norwich Transition Academy received the I Make a Difference Award in front of his students and co-workers. Student Claudia Bachmann-Bouchard from Teachers’ Memorial Global Studies Magnet Middle School got the You Inspire Me Student Award. Assistant Superintendent Tamara Gloster read the nomination letter as his classmates listened and offered congrats.
Meetings and opportunities
June’s Norwich Virtual Board of Education Meeting is Tuesday, June 8, 2021, at 5:30 PM on the district Facebook page.
Jessica Dolliver is the media communications manager for Norwich Public Schools.