Hear from Shalonda Hill about inspiring students' "aha moments" in Stratford Public Schools.
I love the diversity of the student population because each student brings their own culture and background. It is a melting pot with different experiences and knowledge.
My inspiration comes from knowing that I can make a difference in a student’s life. I teach because I enjoy watching a student learn a concept or skill. It is amazing watching the excitement fill his or her body when he or she masters something or when you can observe the light bulb going off in that aha moment. The aha moment is when the student realizes all his or her hard work paid off because he or she persevered to get to that moment.
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Settled in 1639, this small, Fairfield County community is bordered on the east by the Housatonic River and on the south by the sandy beaches of Long Island Sound. With a population of 51,384, the town is both an industrial and residential community. Stratford is easily accessible by major highway, rail and air systems. Yale, Fairfield, Bridgeport, Sacred Heart and Southern Connecticut State Universities are all within a short commute.
Stratford has a student population of 6,647. The district consists of nine elementary, two middle, and two high schools. Stratford offers special programs and services, including an Advanced Learning Program, Business Education Support Team, Integrated Learning Systems, Pre-Teaching/Social Services Pathway, Health and Medical Careers Pathway, Pre-Engineering Pathway, Culinary Arts Pathway, and Project Adventure.
The staff is characterized as dedicated, well-educated, award winning teachers, administrators and support staff.
The district offers competitive salaries along with an excellent benefits package, including medical, dental, life insurance and 403(B) plans.
Graduating seniors from Stratford High School and Bunnell High School are eligible to receive the Vicki Soto Memorial Scholarship—a four-year renewable $5,000 scholarship awarded once each year.
In addition to awarding these two local scholarships, we have expanded The Vicki Soto Memorial Scholarship to be awarded state-wide and nationally as well. One recipient from the state of Connecticut and one recipient from around the country will receive a one-time $5,000 scholarship. All recipients of the scholarship must be pursuing a college degree at an accredited university in the field of education.
The deadline to apply for The Vicki Soto Memorial Scholarship is April 1, 2020.
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