Paraeducator of the Year Award Granted

Peggy Kelley, left, speaks with Commissioner Wentzell.
(Photo courtesy of Aaron Flaum/the Norwich Bulletin.)

Monday, November 7, 2016 (Issue #2)
by Rachel Krate, Education Editor

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Montville School District’s Peggy Kelley was awarded the Connecticut 2017 Anne Marie Murphy Paraeducator of the Year Award, which recognizes the importance of paraeducators in students’ achievement in the state. The award is named after Anne Marie Murphy, a paraeducator whose life was lost in Newtown.

This year’s award was presented to Peggy Kelley due to her “exceptional skill and dedication in her role, thereby earning the respect and admiration of students, teachers, administrators, coworkers, and parents,” according to the Connecticut State Department of Education.

“Paraeducators play a vital role in creating supportive learning environments that engage the whole child, inspire a love of learning, and equip students with the skills they need to pursue their dreams,” said State Department of Education Commissioner Dianna R. Wentzell at Mohegan Elementary School, where she and State Department of Education Chief Talent Officer Sarah Barzee visited on Tuesday, Oct. 11 to make the award announcement.

“Peggy Kelley’s dedication to her students, her school, and her community has undoubtedly had a profound impact on the lives of countless families as she has helped students to realize their full potential. I congratulate Mrs. Kelley on this honor,” Commissioner Wentzell said.