Teacher of the Year 2016-2017
Plantsville Elementary School
The Southington Public Schools are proud to announce that Christina McKirryher, first grade teacher at Plantsville Elementary School, has been chosen as the 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year. Christina will be recognized at the 2016-2017 Staff Convocation on August 29, 2016. Also, she will be recognized at a reception prior to the Board of Education meeting on September 22, 2016 at the Municipal Center.
Mrs. McKirryher resides in Naugatuck and has been teaching in Southington for the past six years. She was originally hired in November 2009 as a literacy tutor at Strong Elementary School and then was appointed as a Kindergarten teacher at Plantsville Elementary School in August, 2010. After one year teaching kindergarten, Christina was assigned to teach first grade. Mrs. McKirryher believes that every child deserves to learn in an environment that focuses on student achievement and meeting the needs of every child.
Mrs. McKirryher earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in 2007 from the University of Connecticut and then earned her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education with a cross endorsement of Business Education from the University of Bridgeport in 2008. She is currently pursuing a Sixth Year Degree and Certification in Educational Leadership from Central Connecticut State University. Christina is an advocate and an inspiration for teaching and learning. Aside from her regular instruction, Mrs. McKirryher serves on the SRBI Committee, School Safety and Security Committee, and the Responsive Classroom Committee.
In addition, Mrs. McKirryher served as the STEPS building representative for Plantsville Elementary School. In this role, she organized a “Taste of Plantsville” night allowing families to showcase their cultures. Mrs. McKirryher created the S.T.A.R.S. Program at Plantsville in order to recognize students for character traits. In addition, she has organized field trips, literacy nights for students in kindergarten through second grade, and a “Read Across America” day.
Christina has been married to her husband, Jeff, for the past seven years and is the proud mother of three children, Jack, Declan, and Griffin.
- 2016-2017 Christina McKirryher, Plantsville Elementary School
- 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