Long time educator demonstrates superior leadership and student engagement
NEW HAVEN – New Haven Public Schools is excited to announce its 2016 Teacher of the Year, Stephanie White. She will be honored by Superintendent Harries at the Board of Education meeting on Monday, November 9th. White is the Discovery Room Teacher and a Curriculum Facilitator through the Professional Educators Program at Quinnipiac STEM Magnet School. White is beyond exemplary in her work with teachers across grade levels as well as engagement with students.  She is a member of the School Wide Leadership Team and developed and implemented the afterschool Robotics Program for students in grades 3 & 4.
Ms. White is a revolutionary instructional practitioner who is constantly seeking ways to improve her instruction in order to meet the needs of her students. The nature of Ms. White's position is collaborative and innovative. She works with the teachers in each grade level to develop and implement STEM Units with a real-world Math focus. She works tirelessly to meet the needs of teachers and students to ensure they are receiving the best education.
Her classroom is a mecca for inspiration, innovation, hands on activities and unique learning experiences. Her passion for teaching is evident the second you enter her classroom and is contagious. She encourages those around her to go above and beyond their duties to bring their "A-game" daily to our students. Ms. White loves what she teaches and most importantly, she loves whom she teaches.
She was awarded a $56,000 grant from Discover Video in Wallingford for Quinnipiac School for technology equipment to be used at the school. The grant will allow the school to stream videos of student work via smart phones, tablets, and computers so that families can engage in their children's learning and support the larger school community in accessing information.
Three outstanding teachers came in as finalists for the award this year: Chevaunne Breland (English—James Hillhouse High School), Gary Aurora (Social Studies—Hyde School of Health Sciences & Sports Medicine), and Cara Mortillo (Math—Adult Education). 
One of the district’s nationally recognized School Change Initiative priorities is educator talent. In efforts to develop and recognize our high quality teachers the district has implemented TEVAL, an evaluation system that cultivates a culture of professional excellence and supports growth and collaboration among staff. White is an Exemplary teacher who recently went through the validation process in TEVAL.
“I congratulate Ms. White and all of the teachers who inspire their students and lead within their schools. Ms. White epitomizes the dedication, talent and leadership needed to make the students feel valued and help them rise to success. Through her work as the Discovery Room Teacher and a Curriculum Facilitator in the Professional Educator Program, she has engaged staff and students and expanded the STEM work being done across the District and I am proud she is a New Haven Public School educator,” said Garth Harries, Superintendent of Schools.
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