Paraeducator Of The Year

Paraeducator of the year

Suzanne Topper

Derynoski Elementary School
2020-2021

The Southington Public School District is proud to announce that Suzanne Topper, Paraeducator at Derynoski Elementary School, has been chosen as the 2020 - 2021 Anne Marie Murphy Paraeducator of the Year. Ms. Topper’s name has been submitted to the Connecticut State Department of Education and the School Paraeducator Advisory Council, as a nominee for the Connecticut 2020-2021 Anne Marie Murphy Paraeducator of the Year.

Ms. Topper began her career in Southington in September 2003 as a full-time Paraeducator at Derynoski Elementary School. Her colleagues describe her as the first person to volunteer and take on additional duties in her school. She always goes above and beyond to assist and advocate for her students. Sue is constantly learning new strategies to effectively support her students. She collaborates with the district to assist in planning meaningful professional development topics for all Paraeducators. Sue is admired for her passion to help those around her thrive. Her many commitments include her involvement as the “Little Dragon Mentor” as well as helping build the “Courtyard Classroom”. Sue is the District’s Vice President of the Local UPSEU Union and is a member of the school’s Crisis Team. She wears many hats and she truly understands what it means to be part of a school community. According to her colleagues, her devotion to her job truly impacts her peers, students, and administrators.

Ms. Topper will be recognized by the District and her peers at the Convocation ceremony. The Southington Public School District is proud to be represented by Suzanne Topper, the 2020-2021 Anne Marie Murphy Paraeducator of the Year.

  • 2020-2021 Suzanne Topper
  • 2019-2020 Caroline Turek
  • 2018-2019 Anne Lippincott
  • 2017-2018 Edit Costanzo
  • 2016-2017 Deb Stevens
  • 2015-2016 Andrea Cerboni
  • 2014-2015 Deb Bender
  • 2013-2014 Cathy Riccio
  • 2012-2013 Barbara Perretta