Newington Public Schools has named Mrs. Jennifer Freese, a science teacher at the Medical Sciences Academy at Newington High School, as the 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year.
Mrs. Freese is a program leader and a former science teacher at the Academy of Biomedical Sciences at Martin Kellogg Middle School.
Each year, all teachers have the opportunity to nominate members of the professional staff who they feel have contributed in a special way to the teaching and learning experiences taking place in Newington.
Mrs. Freese was selected based upon her exceptional skills and dedication to children and the teaching profession. She is intelligent, a strong communicator, an advocate for all students, and a strong believer that public education is the vehicle to prepare all children for participation in our society.
She is an individual who is poised and articulate, with an outgoing nature. She possesses the superior ability to inspire learning in all students. Mrs. Freese will represent Newington in the Connecticut Teacher of the Year Program.
Mrs. Freese is a graduate of Quinnipiac University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training/Sports Medicine. She completed her Master of Arts in Teaching, specializing in Biology, at Quinnipiac University. Additionally, she completed a Master of Education, Education Leadership and Administration, at Jones International University.
Mrs. Freese has been teaching in Newington for five years. She designed and launched the district’s first Academy and this year will launch the new Medical Sciences Academy at Newington High School. Prior to Newington, she was a science teacher at the Sport and Medical Sciences Academy and a Biology and Integrated Science teacher at Torrington High School.
Students have told her how much they look forward to coming into her class every day. She leads, inspires, teaches and cares. She consistently models a love of learning and demonstrates patience and genuine interest in her students.
When asked by the Connecticut Teacher of the Year Selection Committee to share her personal feelings and beliefs about teaching, Mrs. Freese said, “I firmly believe that students need to have a place where they feel safe and a teacher they can trust. I strive to make my classroom that place and to be that teacher, making it easy and comfortable for them to open their hearts and minds to learning. When students know that you care about them, they can see themselves as important members of the classroom/school community.”
Interim Superintendent of Schools Pamela S. Muraca said, “Mrs. Freese is an exemplary teacher. She serves as a role model to students and colleagues, consistently demonstrating the characteristics that she fosters in her students. Her passion, commitment to students and her love for children were driving factors in her selection as Newington’s Teacher of the Year.”