Teacher of the Year

Teacher of the Year

Heather Allenback

Social Studies
Southington High School
2019-2020

The Southington Public School District is proud to announce that Heather Allenback, Social Studies teacher at Southington High School, has been chosen as the 2019-2020 Teacher of the Year. Heather will be recognized at a reception prior to a Board of Education meeting in September at the Municipal Center.

Ms. Allenback has been teaching in Southington since the beginning of the 1995-1996 school year. Heather attributes her love of Social Studies to being part of a military family that has a vast appreciation for history. Living in eight states prior to entering high school in Connecticut, and visiting family stationed overseas, provided her with the opportunity to encounter a variety of cultures and lifestyles. As a result, she has been able to bring a greater understanding of historical influences to the teaching and learning process.

Ms. Allenback received her Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Connecticut in 1994 and a Master of Arts degree in Education from the University of Connecticut in 1995. She received her Sixth-Year Degree and certificate in Educational Leadership from Central Connecticut State University in 2012. Ms. Allenback served as the Assistant Social Studies Department Leader for the 2013-14 school year before becoming the Social Studies Department Leader in 2014. In addition, she is the head coach for Southington High School Cheerleading, a position she has held since 1997. She was recognized this year as a Coach of the Year from the Connecticut High School Coaches Association. Ms. Allenback serves on the District Curriculum Leadership Team and is proud of the work accomplished by the team to upgrade the Social Studies curriculum.

Ms. Allenback resides in New Britain, Connecticut.


  • 2019-2020 Heather Allenback, Southington High School
  • 2018-2019 Kari Peschel-Luise, Southington High School
  • 2017-2018 Candace Patten, Southington High School
  • 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