An educator who “goes above and beyond” and is an “inspiration” to her students, Libby Pagano is the 2013-2014 Bristol Warren Regional School District teacher of the year.
Ms. Pagano, a special education teacher at Mt. Hope High School, was chosen buy her peers and superiors to receive the honor, which was announced at a recent Bristol Warren Regional School Committee meeting. Each year, the district chooses one teacher from each school who is nominated by fellow teachers to be that school’s honored teacher. Department heads and teacher leadership committees debate the nominees and select the winner. The district then chooses one from the group to be that year’s ultimate honoree.
“Libby is a very caring individual, and has a tremendous work ethic,” Mt. Hope High School Principal Dennis Rebello said of Ms. Pagano, noting as a special education teacher, she needs to be well versed in all content areas. “She is committed to her students and she’s an inspiration to her students.”
The other teachers of the year for 2014 include:
- Lori-Ann Albuquerque, a fourth grade teacher at Colt Andrews School.
- Jane Glass, a first grade teacher at Guiteras School.
- Susan Beck, a fifth grade teacher at Hugh Cole School.
- Michael Moran, a social worker at Kickemuit Middle School.
- Fran Souza, a kindergarten teacher at Rockwell School.
“It is essential that we spend time to honor excellence and honor excellent educators,” said School Committee Chairman Paul Silva. “They raise the level and quality of our profession.”