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Donna Notti

TOY Donna Notti

K Shanley TOY PhotoIt 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


  • 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

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Please click here for a video clip of Donna's acceptance speech that was delivered at this year's Convocation on August 23rd, 2017.