City Schools Name Teacher Of The Year Finalists

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Educators at Opportunity High School, Betances STEM Magnet School and the Academy of Engineering and Green Technology at Hartford Public High School have been named finalists for the 2013 Hartford Teacher of the Year competition.

Joseph Battaglia is an English teacher at the alternative Opportunity High; David Mangus, the lead science teacher at Academy of Engineering and Green Technology, also mentors the school’s Birds of Prey robotics team; and Mario Marrero, who teaches fourth grade, is the lead science teacher at Betances STEM. Marrero previously taught at Milner Core Knowledge Academy before it became part of the state Commissioner’s Network.

A panel of school curriculum directors, union leaders and past honorees chose the three men out of 44 nominees across the district. The finalists will submit written answers to essay questions and will be videotaped Tuesday instructing their students.

The district plans to announce the winner May 23 during an evening banquet at the downtown Marriott.

Along with receiving $1,000 worth of gift cards, the city’s Teacher of the Year becomes a nominee for the statewide competition. The finalists’ bios are here.

Keith Sevigny, a teacher at Annie Fisher STEM Magnet School, is the 2012 district winner. In 2011, math instructor Marilyn Jack-Ortique of University High School of Science and Engineering was awarded Hartford’s top teaching award.

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