Haddam-Killingworth High School Principal Donna Hayward is noted locally for being “truly a courageous leader.” Now, she is known on a completely different level as the National Principal of the Year for 2023, so named by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
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The five-minute video Denoya’s students watch is part of a series produced through a new pilot program called Feel Your Best Self, or FYBS. Each video is built around a simple strategy to help kids recognize and manage their feelings – or to help friends who are struggling.
“It’s taking what we know works,” says Emily Iovino, a trained school psychologist who is part of the FYBS team.
In this forum, Feel Your Best Self creators Sandy Chafouleas and Emily Wicks and script writers Yanniv Frank, Emily Iovino, and Sarah Nolen talk about the development of this unique interdisciplinary collaboration between UConn’s Collaboratory on School and Child Health and Ballard Institute to use puppetry to promote emotional well-being in elementary-aged children.
Marjorie “Jean” Romano ’77 (MA) wanted to both honor her late husband and support graduate students conducting summer research. She decided to set up a bequest that will supplement a scholarship that she and her husband, Antonio, a UConn biology professor and CLAS dean, established several years ago. Her planned gift will support the Antonio H. & Marjorie J. Romano Graduate Education Fund.
The tailgate, organized by CEA Communications staff and sponsored by California Casualty, included an all-you-can-eat hot breakfast for CEA members and guests, along with music, a fan photo booth, and games of cornhole, football toss, can jam, and ladder golf. Teachers were also treated to dozens of prizes that included CEA Member Benefits and UConn Neag School of Education swag, as well as raffle prizes donated by UConn, The Bushnell, and other CEA Member Benefits partners.
At just 4 years old, Violet Jiménez Sims ’02 (SFA), ’05 MA, ’11 6th Year told her mother she wanted to “be one of the little people that lived inside the television.” Today, she laughs and says she’s learned that no one lives inside a TV, and instead of being an actress, she spends most of her time in front of a different audience: college students.
“Good teachers have to be good actors,” Sims says. “You have to be entertaining enough to capture students’ attention and use improv skills sometimes when things don’t go right.”
Nate Quesnel, 44, an award-winning school administrator and 10-year superintendent of East Hartford public schools, was named Monday as the new head of school at NFA. He will succeed Brian Kelly, who informed the Board of Trustees in February he will depart June 30 at the end of the 2022-23 school year.
In the second episode of “Worth Repeating,” UConn President Radenka Maric interviews U.S. Secretary of Education and Neag School of Education graduate Miguel Cardona about getting started as an educator, his work in the State and Federal Departments of Education, what UConn means to him, and much more.
As part of the 50th anniversary of Title IX, a student-athlete from the 1981 NCAA Championship field hockey team and two current women’s basketball players compare and contrast their experiences on “Hallowed Ground.”