Charles Wright Elementary School's Deirdre "Dede" Mahoney has been selected as the 2016 Teacher of the Year for the Wethersfield Public Schools.
Dede, a grade 5 classroom teacher, was officially nominated by her colleague Victor Setaro.
An excerpt from Dede's nomination...
"Dede's students consistemtly make gains in all subject areas and it is certainly a direct reflection of the time and effort she puts forth. Her students are at the top of our school for having mastered their basic facts and it is easy to attribute their success to the daily practice and motivation she instills in her pupils. Dede is serious about what the data reveals for her students' performance. When she feels her students are not performing to the very best of their potential she immediatly looks to rectify deficiencies with new teaching approaches and added practice. She will NOT allow her students to skate by without each learner giving their absolute best effort.
Of the many things that Dede does to strengthen the teaching profession, perhaps the most obvious is her dedication to using formative assessments to drive her instruction. Dede is passionate about delivering the established curriculum as intended and faithfully reads and takes notes well in advance of beginning a unit. She is well organized and her hard work in advance of new units of study makes her instruction seamless and always meaningful for her learners.
Dede influences other teachers to better their practice through her love for teaching. She delivers inspiring lessons on a daily basis and fills her classroom with energy and excitement for learning. Meeting with Dede on a weekly basis has benefited my own teaching. She enthusiastically shares what worked well in her lessons and carefully reflects on what she'll do differently moving forward. Dede is also not afraid to ask for support and is always interested in learning the different ways her colleagues deliver instruction."