It gives me great pleasure to introduce Cheshire's 2018 Teacher of the Year, Donna Notti. Donna is a special education teacher and the coordinator for the Birth-to-Three program at Darcey School and has worked in the Cheshire Public Schools for over 29 years. Since 2016, Donna has also served as a Master Coach - Activity Based Teaming Approach for the State of Connecticut Birth-to-Three System.
A colleague wrote this about Donna, "....I have never met anyone who was so proficient and effective at communicating with others. She is a master at building relationships using knowledge, insight, and simply listening that has endeared her to her staff and to Birth-to-Three children and families."
Donna holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education and a Master of Science degree in Early Childhood Special Education from Southern Connecticut State University. She is an exceptional leader who exemplifies all of the characteristics needed to be a successful leader. Donna Notti is an extremely gifted educator who goes above and beyond each and every day to ensure that her students and families thrive. Congratulations Donna!
- Southern Connecticut State University, Master of Science in Early Childhood Special Education
- Southern Connecticut State University, Bachelor of Science in Special Education
- Cheshire Public Schools - B-3 Teacher and Coordinator, 1987-present
- State of Connecticut B-3 Program Teacher, 1980-1986
- Southbury Training Schools Teacher, 1978-1980
- DEC - Early Childhood Division, 1980-present
- Connecticut Infant Mental Health Association, 2013-present
- Early Intervention Specialist, 2002-present
- Connecticut Infant Mental Health Specialist, 2014-present
- Master Coash - Activity Based Teaming Approach - State of CT B-3 System, 2016-present
- Circle of Security Facilitator, 2015-present
- DECA-IT and BDI-2 Trained Evaluator, 2014-present
OTHER SERVICE PROJECTS
- In-service training on topics (behavioral issues, potty training, appropriate toys for B-3 children, developmentally appropriate activities and strategies for infants and toddlers) for parent groups, local child care centers, YMCA and Park and Recreation.
- Lois Rho Memorial Scholarship - developer and chairperson
- Guest speaker for CHS Child Development Class
- CHS - Darcey School Partnership Coordinator for job shadows