Dr. Richard Dellinger, principal of Amity Middle School Bethany with Sara Frank, art teacher, Tammy Saisa, reading teacher, Jim Saisa, facilities director, Robert Fragione, band director, Kevin Berean, technology education teacher, and Geri-Lyn Dubay, physical education teacher attended the Connecticut Association of Schools Recognition of Excellence in Education Celebration at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington, Connecticut, on November 9, 2015. Mrs. Tammy Saisa was honored at the CAS celebration and recognized for Excellence in Reading Education.
In Tammy Saisa’s Literacy Enrichment class creativity and learning come to life as her annual theme-based classroom takes students to different places. Over the years at Amity, her unique approach to literacy has transported students to a beach, a farm, a construction zone, NYC, outer space, and a diner, just to name a few. Critical thinking, creativity, and classroom innovation can also be found in Mrs. Saisa’s 8th grade elective class, where students engage in a mock crime scene and focus on different aspects of a criminal investigation. The class works their way through an investigation culminating with a mock trial.
Mrs. Saisa’s love for children extends beyond Amity Middle School, as she imparts the importance of giving to those in need with her classes. Students read the children’s book The Quilt Maker’s Gift by Jeff Brumbeau and are inspired to make quilts of healing for children with cancer at the Yale New Haven Pediatric Cancer Center. Each year over 100 blankets along with inspirational cards and messages are donated by our students.
The Connecticut Association of Schools proudly celebrates this event and publicly acknowledges the outstanding work of teachers and staff for the contributions they have made to our schools across the state. CAS thanks all of the teachers and staffs for sharing their time, talents, and commitment to providing quality education in their schools.
Dr. Everett Lyons, Associate Executive Director, Connecticut Association of Schools was the Master of Ceremonies, and Dr. Karissa Niehoff, CAS Executive Director, gave the welcoming for the event. In her comments she stated, “Everyone here has one thing in common-excellence. It’s about being and doing your very best. You represent the furthest end of the quality spectrum”.
CT Education Commissioner Dr. Diana Wentzell shared that everyone should know the good news stories in education, “people in CT classrooms and schools go above and beyond high expectations every day, and they create brighter futures for kids in CT”. She congratulated the awardees, proclaiming that their wonderful work becomes a model for the state.
Guilford Lakes Elementary School in Guilford was recognized as the CAS Elementary School of the Year and Wamogo Middle School from Litchfield was recognized as the CAS Middle School of the Year. Also recognized were the CAS First Year Principals and Exemplary Educators for 2015-2016. Additionally, the Ronald McDonald House Charities presented their Local Heroes in Education Awards.
The CAS Recognition of Excellence in Education celebration, with over 400 in attendance, was made possible by The Connecticut Association of Schools and the generosity of Horace Mann Insurance. Pictures of the event were provided by G & B Photography.
PicturedL Left to Right front row: Sara Frank, Tammy Saisa, Jim Saisa; Left to Right back row: Robert Fragione, Kevin Berean, Dr. Richard Dellinger, Geri-Lyn Dubay