Teacher of the Year

Candace Patten

Social Studies
Southington High School

The Southington Public Schools are proud to announce that Candace Patten, social studies teacher at Southington High School, has been chosen as the 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year. Candace will be recognized at the 2017-2018 Staff Convocation on August 28, 2017. She will also be recognized at a reception prior to a Board of Education meeting in September at the Municipal Center.

Ms. Patten resides in Wolcott and has been teaching in Southington for the past fourteen years. Ms. Patten was originally hired in September 2002 as a long term substitute teacher at Southington High School. She accepted a position as a social studies teacher at Southington High School in July, 2003. Ms. Patten believes that teachers should encourage and motivate students to become the best possible version of themselves. She believes teachers should focus on the necessary skills students need to know to be successful in their future.

Ms. Patten earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Studies in 2002 from Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) and then earned her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership in 2010 also from CCSU. She returned back to CCSU to earn her 6th Year Professional Degree in Educational Leadership in 2014. Candace is an advocate and an inspiration for teaching and learning. Aside from her regular instruction which currently includes teaching civics and psychology, Ms. Patten serves on the district Healthy and Wise Committee. She was the class advisor for four years for the classes of 2008 and 2012, was a co-advisor for the Best Buddies Program from 2014 until 2016, served as a member of the advisory committee from when it began until 2015, and has chaperoned numerous proms, dances, and sporting events since 2002.

In addition, Ms. Patten volunteered for Relay for Life with the SHS team for many years, including leading the team from 2013 to 2015. She has volunteered at the Apple Harvest Festival with the multicultural club, led the walking club, and helped create videos for STEPS and STEM. She is the co-advisor for Training for Tomorrow and has conducted a food and clothing drive for a women’s shelter in Danbury.

  • 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