Thomaston Public Schools 2022 Paraeducator of the Year Nomination
We invite all Thomaston Public School staff to submit nominations for the 2022 Thomaston Public Schools Paraeducator of the Year. From the nominations received, one individual will be selected as Thomaston’s Paraeducator of the Year and will become a candidate for the 2021 Connecticut Anne Marie Murphy Paraeducator of the Year Award.

Thomaston Public Schools Paraeducator of the Year

The Thomaston Board of Education recognizes the vital role that paraeducators serve within our community and the invaluable assistance they provide within our schools. Thomaston’s students benefit from close, supportive relationships with our paraeducators. Thomaston’s teachers benefit from the collaborative instructional aid our paraeducators offer. Thomaston’s schools benefit from the positive and cheerful presence of these dedicated professionals. In all ways, paraeducators strengthen the work of our district and mission - to educate, challenge, and inspire all learners to succeed. Each June, the Thomaston Board of Education proudly awards the Paraeducator of the Year Award to a candidate of exceptional service and impact. This prestigious honor qualifies the recipient for receipt of Connecticut’s annually-awarded Anne Marie Murphy Paraeducator of the Year Award.

Connecticut Anne Marie Murphy Paraeducator of the Year Award

The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) and the School Paraprofessional Advisory Council have established the Anne Marie Murphy Paraeducator of the Year Award to recognize the important role of the paraeducator in supporting student achievement. The award is named in honor of Anne Marie Murphy, a paraeducator who lost her life at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. The program honors one paraeducator who has demonstrated exceptional skill and dedication in the performance of his/her job, thereby earning that person the respect and admiration of other paraeducators, students, teachers, administrators, co-workers, and parents.

Selection Committee and Eligibility Criteria

From those paraeducators nominated, the Superintendent and other selected designees will choose one individual to be named as Thomaston’s 2021 Paraeducator of the Year.

As aligns the Connecticut’s Anne Marie Murphy Award eligibility requirements, all nominees must be currently employed as a paraeducator within Thomaston Public Schools.

Additionally, a nominee should meet with excellence each of the following criteria:

a. Works closely with children in a classroom setting in pre-kindergarten through grade 12.
b. Assists teachers/providers with building and maintaining effective instructional teams.
c. Assists teachers/providers with maintaining learner-centered supportive environments
d. Supports teachers/providers with planning and organizing learning experiences.
e. Assists teachers/providers with engaging students in learning and assisting in instruction.
f. Assists teachers/providers with assessing learner needs, progress, and achievement
g. Meets standards of professional and ethical conduct.

Now is the time to honor our paraeducators and let them know we appreciate their positive impacts upon the lives of Thomaston’s children. We thank you for participating in this process!
Email address *
Please name the educator you are nominating for Paraprofessional of the Year. *
Eligibility: To the best of my knowledge this Paraeducator of the Year nominee meets with excellence the following criteria... *
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Works closely with children in a classroom setting in pre-kindergarten through grade 12
Assists teachers/providers with building and maintaining effective instructional teams
Assists teachers/providers with maintaining learner-centered supportive environments
Supports teachers/providers with planning and organizing learning experiences
Assists teachers/providers with engaging students in learning and assisting in instruction
Assists teachers/providers with assessing learner needs, progress, and achievement
Has the respect and admiration of students, parents, colleagues and administration
Meets standards of professional and ethical conduct
How do you know this nominee? *
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In what ways has this nominee demonstrated an extraordinary level of dedication and commitment as a pareducator? *
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What are the nominee's strengths and accomplishments that you believe warrant selection for Paraeducator of the Year? *
PLEASE NOTE: The more details one provides on this form, the more evidence the committee has to make its selection.
Briefly describe in which ways you believe the nominee contributes to the Thomaston community. *
PLEASE NOTE: The more details one provides on this form, the more evidence the committee has to make its selection.
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Your nomination will not be considered without submitting your name. If your nominee receives the award, you may be contacted via email for additional information.
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