Education Awards

Education Awards

The Office of Alumni Affairs, collaborating with the Education Department and the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education, is pleased to announce that nomination are now being accepted for the annual Education Awards.  Each year Eastern Connecticut State University proudly recognizes and honors alumni for their contributions to the field of education as teachers, principals, superintendents and other administrators.

Nominations are now being accepted for the following awards:

  • The Outstanding Educator Award recognizes an Eastern Alumnus who works in the classroom on a daily basis. The Outstanding Practitioner should be a classroom teacher at the PK-12 level with at least one degree from Eastern.
    Past recipients:
    Debra Pallatto-Fontaine ’74 (2017)
    Executive Director for Global Initiatives, Center for Global Citizenship, Becker College
    Mary K. Rendock ’86 (2016)
    Math Instructional Coach, Bloomfield Public Schools
    Heidi Maderia ‘12 (2015)

    Executive Director, CT Association for Infant Mental Health
    Teresa Maturino ’05 G (2014)
    Math Coach, Manchester Public Schools
  • The Outstanding Kinesiology/Physical Education Practitioner Award honors education professionals working in the field of physical education and recreation. The Kinesiology/Physical Education Practitioner Award should be a KPE alumnus working in the PK-12 setting.
    Past recipients:
    Edward Manfredi ’83  (2017)
    Department Head, K-12 Health, PE, Wellness, Farmington Public Schools
    Christopher Mader ’05  (2016)
    Department Coordinator, PE and Health, Region 8 Schools
    Cheryl Anderson Mucha ’97 (2015)

    PE and Health Teacher, Haddam Killingworth Middle School
  • The Outstanding Educational Leader Award recognizes achievement by superintendents, principals, professors or non-profit executives. The Outstanding Leader should have made contributions to the profession in his/her field and as a Leader. The Outstanding Leader should have at least one degree from Eastern.
    Past recipients:
    Pamela Bernardo ’79 (2017)
    Principal, Saucon Valley Middle School, Hellertown, PA
    Beth Larkins-Strathy ’74, M’78 (2016)
    Associate Dean, School of Education, Quinnipiac University
    Thomas W. Giard, III ’96 (2014)
    Assistant Superintendent, Meriden Public Schools
  • The Outstanding Young Practitioner honors an alum who has graduated within the past six years. The Outstanding Young Practitioner should have made contribution to the field of education appropriate for the years of experience and should be recognized as a strong practitioner among peers.
    Past recipients:
    Jennifer Wolff ’12 (2017)
    Integrated Preschool Teacher, Cook Hill School, Wallingford
    Nicole Henry ’09 (2016)
    Kindergarden Teacher, Horace W. Porter School, Columbia

The awards will be presented at the annual Education Awards Reception on Saturday April 16.  For more information, contact Professor Jeanelle Day at or at 860.465.4530, or by replying to this email.  Nomination forms are available on line here: Nomination Form

Giard Family Photo

2014 Outstanding School Administrator award recipient Thomas Giard III ‘96 (center) and family (L-R):  Thomas Giard, Jr., Mary Ellen Davies Giard ’68, Ella Giard, and Lisa Giard. Tom is currently the Superintendent of Waterford Schools.