Teacher of the Year 2015-2016
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-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