Cheshire Public Schools is proud to announce the selection of Kristin Castellano as its 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year! Kristin has been an English Teacher at Dodd Middle School for the last 25 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Education from UCONN, a Master of Arts in Middle Grades Education from SCSU, and earned her Sixth Year Degree in Reading and Literacy from CCSU. Kristin has served on numerous Cheshire Public School Committees including the Cheshire Curriculum Council for Language Arts and ELL, Standards Based Grading Committee, Scientifically Research Based Intervention Committee, Summer Reading Committee and various interview committees. Kristin was also previously named the 1996-1997 Dodd Middle School Teacher of the Year.
One colleague wrote that, "Kristin stands out as one of the most caring, skilled and collaborative teachers I have known in over two decades at CPS. She provides a classroom sanctuary in which learning and emotional differences are accepted and cultural differences are embraced." She "...welcomes any and all students with need and nurtures in them a love of reading and a sense of competence in literacy...."
I was fortunate enough to work alongside Kristin at Dodd for 7 years. She is masterful at creating an environment for students to achieve reading goals they never thought possible. Moreover, she is a tremendous resource to support all of her peers who are trying to support their own students in different classes.
When Kristin was asked what she is most proud of and what is most important to her teaching career, she stated that, "the everyday connections and interaction with every student to motivate them to do their best and feel important is most valuable. The second important factor for my career is the mentoring, little life lessons and the tremendous support I receive from the relationships I have with my colleagues present and past."
Kristin is the personification of outstanding teaching and I couldn't think of anyone more fitting to represent the Cheshire Public Schools. Congratulations Kristin!