Stamford Public Schools (SPS) and the State Education Resource Center (SERC) announced that Board of Education Member-elect and Stamford Parent Jackie Pioli was among nine Connecticut citizens who recently received a Parental Involvement Recognition Award at the State Capitol. The award honors parent contributions to schools and communities.
SERC sponsors the Connecticut awards in collaboration with the Connecticut Commission on Women, Children and Seniors (CWCS). SERC held the event on November 15, which is National Parental Involvement Day.
School leaders, program coordinators and others from across Connecticut were invited to nominate parents and guardians who have shown: active involvement and ability to make a difference in their children’s school or community; support of their local school and contributions to high-quality education for all children; and dedication and advocacy to ensure equity for all parents and their children.
The 2018 winners of the Parental Involvement Recognition Awards are:
- Patricia Davis of Bloomfield, who serves as vice-president of the Bloomfield High School PTO among other roles, nominated by 2017 award recipient Tatiana Ponder;
- Carrie Foligno of Southington, a leader on behalf of families and students with disabilities;
- Leoan Haynes of Hartford for her work at the Reggio Magnet School of the Arts in Avon;
- Nathan Nunez of Newington for his work at the Ben Bronz Academy in West Hartford;
- Emanuela Palmeres of Danbury, who serves on the Danbury Board of Education and other community leadership roles;
- Jackie Pioli of Stamford, an advocate who recently won a seat on the Stamford Board of Education;
- Kimberly Radachy of Colchester, who has been active with the Academy of Aerospace and Engineering Elementary School, currently at a temporary location in Rocky Hill, since its inception;
- Stewart Semeraro of Cromwell, for his involvement with the Montessori Magnet School in Hartford;
- Camille Smith of Middletown, an advocate for her child’s school and serving many roles in the city.
Speakers at the ceremony included SERC Executive Director Ingrid M. Canady and Connecticut State Department of Education Chief Operating Officer and SERC Board Member Charlene Russell-Tucker. Individuals who nominated each winner were invited to introduce their nominee. Canady presented the awards along with SERC staff Lauren Johns and Nicole Vitale.
According to SERC, Eman Beshtawii, an alumna of the Danbury Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) program, was a special guest at the ceremony. Beshtawii received an unannounced Parent Leadership Award following the initial awards presentations.
Some of those receiving the award are past graduates of PLTI and other parent leadership programs funded under the Parent Trust Fund.