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Teacher of the Year 2014-2015

Jennifer Paul

Literacy Specialist

Southington High School

The Southington Public Schools are proud to announce that Jennifer Paul, Literacy Specialist at Southington High School, has been chosen as the 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year. Jennifer will be recognized at the 2014-2015 Staff Convocation on August 25, 2014. She will also be recognized at a reception prior to the Board of Education meeting in September at the Municipal Center. 

Mrs. Paul resides in Cheshire and has been teaching in Southington for the past 12 years. Mrs. Paul has taught at all three levels in town. She was originally hired in August 2002 as a grade 1 teacher at Strong Elementary School. In 2003, she transferred to Kennedy Middle School as a grade 6 language arts teacher, and most recently, in 2011, she transferred to Southington High School as a literacy specialist. Prior to teaching in Southington, Mrs. Paul taught in Bethany for 3 years. 

Mrs. Paul earned her Bachelor’s Degree in English and Writing in 1996 from Loyola and then earned her Master’s Degree from the University of New Haven in 1999. She then went on to earn her Sixth Year Degree in Reading from Southern Connecticut State University in 2014. Jennifer is an advocate and an inspiration for teaching and learning. Aside from her regular instruction, Mrs. Paul has served on her school EIP team, SRBI Team, SHS’s Instructional Time Committee, SHS School Improvement Team, and the Grade 8/9 transition committee.

Mrs. Paul was featured on the NBC show “Making the Grade.” and CBS’s Better Connecticut this year for creating and implementing Southington High School’s Book Club Program. This program encourages students to select their own books to read for pleasure and then themes and personal connections are discussed. Last year Mrs. Paul was recognized with the Special Education and Reading Award from Southern Connecticut State University and the Southington Board of Education’s Profiles in Professionalism Award. Mrs. Paul is a member of the International Dyslexia Association, Connecticut Reading Association, and the Connecticut Association of Reading Research.

Jennifer has been married to her husband Joe for the past 13 years and is the proud mother of three children, Colby, Makenna, and Ceara.


  • 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-O'Farrell, 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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