Governor Dannel P. Malloy has announced the appointment of Erin D. Benham, a longtime Meriden teacher and Maria Isabel Mojica, a consultant to nonprofit groups, to the state Board of Education.
Benham, of Wallingford, has taught students for 35 years in the Meriden Public Schools system and is currently a literacy teacher at Lincoln Middle School. She is also President of the Meriden Federation of Teachers and Executive Committee Vice President of the Connecticut American Federation of Teachers.
“We have made tremendous progress in Meriden for our city’s children and their families,” Benham said. “I want the same for all of our state’s students, their parents, and their communities.”
Mojica is an independent consultant advising nonprofit organizations on strategic planning, research and evaluation, and program design and development.
She also served as a vice president with the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.
Mojica said: “This is a time of dynamic change and much needed reform. We have to get to the root causes that keep our children from succeeding, focusing on issues such as how we fund schools, close the economic and achievement gaps, and support success for our most vulnerable children.”
Malloy also announced the appointment of two high school seniors to serve as student members of the board. They are Michael Caminear of Branford, who attends Branford High School, and Megan Amalie Foell of Thomaston, who attends Thomaston High School.