Stamford Public Schools (SPS) announced today that Cloonan Middle School Seventh Grade Social Studies Teacher Camille Spaulding was selected as the 2018-2019 Stamford Teacher of the Year by the SPS Teacher of the Year and Spotlight Award Program committee. The committee also named Stamford High School (SHS) Special Education Teacher Susan Dougherty as its First Finalist.
“Congratulations to Camille and Susan, as well as to the Teacher of the Year finalists, semi-finalists and all of the Spotlight winners,” said Stamford Superintendent Earl Kim. “The distinction of being recognized by one’s peers is among the highest compliments an educator can receive. Each and every honoree should be very proud.”
Spaulding began her 36-year teaching career in Fairfax County Virginia, where she held teaching positions in Art, Grades 3, 5 and 6, and served as a Gifted and Talented specialist. Spaulding later became a reading specialist for Norwalk Public Schools, and held teaching positions at Toquam Elementary and Greenwich Academy. She also was assistant head of middle school for Greenwich Academy and education director for the REACH Prep Program in Stamford. For the past three years, Spaulding has taught seventh grade Social Studies at Cloonan Middle School.
“Camille Spaulding is that wonderful combination of nurturer, trainer, cheerleader, coach and counselor,” said Cloonan Principal David Tate. “She knows not only how to help all students access the content, but also how to build their character. Camille is exactly the kind of teacher I would want for my child.”
Spaulding holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education, with a minor in Special Education from Bowie State University and a Master of Education in Administration and Supervision from George Mason University.
“I am honored to be recognized as the Stamford Teacher of the year and look forward to representing the district at the state level,” said Spaulding. “As I learn to be a better teacher each day, I will continue to look to the master teachers in my school, the beginning teachers in our profession and to myself to find new ways to accomplish great things and make deposits into the lives of each of my students, each day, each school year.”
Spaulding and Dougherty, along with the Teacher of the Year finalists: Brie O'Bryan, APPLES Preschool Special Education teacher; Danielle Jeffries, Westhill High School Agriscience teacher; and Tiffany Clark, Stamford High School Social Studies teacher; as well as the semifinalists: Paul LaQuesse, Academy of Information Technology & Engineering Math teacher and Ronet Noe, Newfield Elementary Art teacher; and the 20 Spotlight Award Winners will be honored at the annual Teacher of the Year and Spotlight Award Program celebration. The event, which will be held on Thursday, May 10, at UConn-Stamford, from 5-7 p.m., coincides with Teacher Appreciation Week and provides the district with an opportunity to celebrate its outstanding teachers.
The Teacher of the Year process is rigorous. Nominations were solicited December through January. The Teacher of the Year and Spotlight Award Program committee members evaluated all submissions based on the following criteria: Outstanding Teaching, Exceptional Student Support, Exemplary Community Involvement and Positive Influence on School Culture. From among the submissions, the committee chose 20 individuals to be honored with a Spotlight Award, as well as the more exclusive group to be considered for Teacher of the Year. Those to be considered for Teacher of the Year were required to submit three essays and be interviewed by the committee. Finalists were determined after the interview process and each finalist was required to submit a videotaped lesson. After reviewing the videos the committee made its final selection.