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Teacher of the Year 2015-2016

Christopher Richter

Social Studies

Kennedy Middle School

The Southington Public Schools are proud to announce that Christopher Richter, Social Studies teacher at Kennedy Middle School, has been chosen as the 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year.  Christopher will be recognized at the 2015-2016 Staff Convocation on August 24, 2015.  He will also be recognized at a reception prior to a Board of Education meeting in September at the Municipal Center.

Mr. Richter resides in Glastonbury and has been teaching in Southington for the past eight years.  Mr. Richter was originally hired in August 2007 as a Social Studies teacher at Kennedy Middle School.  Prior to teaching in Southington, Mr. Richter taught in Rocky Hill for one year.

Mr. Richter earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences in 2006 from Central Connecticut State University and then earned his Master’s Degree in Special Education, also from Central Connecticut State University, in 2009.  Christopher is an advocate and an inspiration for teaching and learning.  Aside from his regular instruction, Mr. Richter has served as a team leader and advised several clubs at Kennedy Middle School including the Lego-League, Podcasting Club, Improv, Comedy Team, Ski club, and the talent show.    

Mr. Richter served as the chairman of the Southington Public Schools technology planning committee from 2012 to 2014.  Mr. Richter attended the U.S. News STEM conference in Austin, Texas in 2012.  In 2014 he was instrumental in the creation of the STEM Academy at Camp Sloper sponsored by the Southington Education Foundation. 

Christopher has been married to his wife Jamie for the past two years and recently accompanied her on a one year trip to India where he spent time working with educational startups and STEM foundations.


  • 2015-2016   Christopher Richter, Kennedy Middle School 
  • 2014-2015   Jennifer Paul, Southington High School
  • 2013-2014   Linda Bass Reilly, Thalberg Elementary
  • 2012-2013   Justin Mirante, Southington High
  • 2011-2012   Jessica Bruenn, Strong Elementary
  • 2010-2011   Jill Chapman, Kelley Elementary
  • 2009-2010   Sara Levinthal, Southington High
  • 2008-2009   Maureen Waldron, Southington High
  • 2007-2008   Joyce Fredrick, Hatton Elementary 
  • 2006-2007   Maureen Roth, Strong Elementary 
  • 2005-2006   Karen Paradis, Elementary Gifted and Talented Teacher 
  • 2004-2005   Marion Stannard, VOAG Center
  • 2003-2004   Meredith Menton, Thalberg Elementary
  • 2002-2003   Cathy Weston, Southington High
  • 2001-2002   Nancy Chiero, Southington High
  • 2000-2001   Gregory Brezicki, Strong Elementary
  • 1999-2000   Sandra Van Valkenburgh, DePaolo Middle
  • 1998-1999   Madeline Previti, Southington High
  • 1997-1998   Jeffrey R. Shaw, Southington High
  • 1996-1997   Jessica Jankowski, DePaolo Middle
  • 1995-1996   Robert Bafuma, Kennedy Middle
  • 1994-1995   Dorothy Drechsler, Kelley Elementary
  • 1993-1994   Harriet Clark, North Center Elementary
  • 1992-1993   Janet Pehmoeller, Kelley Elementary
  • 1991-1992   Donna Shea, North Center Elementary
  • 1990-1991   Duane Adams, DePaolo Middle
  • 1989-1990   Rosanne Casale-Daigneault, Kennedy Middle
  • 1988-1989   Aurora Pedrolini, Southington High
  • 1987-1988   Bette Ann Bailey, Kennedy Middle
  • 1986-1987   Gregory Brezicki, Strong Elementary
  • 1985-1986   Dale Riedinger, Kennedy Middle
  • 1984-1985   Judith Grimaldi, North Center Elementary
  • 1983-1984   Alan DeBisschop, Southington High
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