'Lasting impact on their students:' Greenwich honors six distinguished educators for 2021

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Jennifer Dunn, a North Mianus School teacher, holds up a

Jennifer Dunn, a North Mianus School teacher, holds up a "Read More Books," sign, while speaking to her students at North Mianus School in Greenwich, Conn., on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014.

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GREENWICH — Six Greenwich educators will be recognized in the 2021 Distinguished Teachers program.

The Distinguished Teachers Award Committee is a nonprofit founded in 1984 that celebrates the excellence of Greenwich Public Schools staff.

This year’s honorees include district secondary instructional coach Jennifer Bresler; North Mianus fourth-grade teacher Jennifer Dunn; Central Middle English and language arts teacher Allison Fallon; Eastern Middle science and mathematics teacher Bruce Johnson; International School at Dundee library media specialist Jane Martellino; and North Street third-grade teacher Susan Zerman.

“Once again, our committee has had the privilege of reviewing the nominations of an outstanding slate of submissions,” DTAC Chair Cathy Brunetti said. “This year’s Distinguished Teachers navigated the challenging landscape of teaching during a pandemic, and have left a lasting impact on their students. We are so proud of them and look forward to honoring them.”

Nominations for distinguished teachers are submitted by parents, students and colleagues, and DTAC selects winners each April. Distinguished teachers are also eligible for the Connecticut Teacher of the Year program, for which Superintendent of Schools Toni Jones will submit candidates in June.

The winners will be honored at a DTAC virtual ceremony May 4, which is free and open to the public. They’ll also be recognized by the Board of Education at its Thursday meeting.

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