Congratulations to Lisa Cerulli- Trumbull 2019 - 2020 Teacher of the year!
Lisa is beginning her 27th year of teaching, with 16 of those at Madison Middle School. Mrs. Cerulli is a grade 8 Social Studies teacher and attributes her success to the teamwork that happens every day.
From Mrs. Cerulli's speech -
... it takes all of us working together and supporting each other to make our schools function. Thanks to our custodians, we come into work every morning to clean classrooms. We can get information from the office staff at a moment’s notice, no matter how busy they are. We can send a student in crisis to someone in Guidance or PPS. Our paraprofessionals provide support and assistance to ALL of our students, our cafeteria staff does a great job of feeding hundreds every day, and our security team provides support both in and out of the classroom. Imagine how difficult our jobs would be if these people were not working alongside us.
We’re all in this together, with the shared goal of providing the best possible education for our students. To achieve that goal we are asked to teach with enthusiasm, to let our students know that we believe in them and that we care about their emotional well-being, while also making sure they’re prepared academically. We need to meet our students “where they are,” as we can only control some of what they deal with on a daily basis. While teaching the required content and skills, we also need to teach our students to be good citizens, how to engage in peaceful discourse, and how to accept responsibility for their actions. It can be exhausting, so you should all be so proud of what you do every day for our students.
Many of you are probably familiar with the Starfish Story. In the story, a young person is walking along a beach, returning starfish to the ocean who were stranded by the tide. She is approached by another, who tells her that she won’t be able to save them all, and it won’t make a difference. The young woman then gently tosses a starfish back into the sea and says, “It made a difference to that one.”
A small gesture can have an enormous impact. Please don’t ever stop believing that! Everyone matters and has value, and we can all make a positive difference in the world - we just need to be willing to try. You may never know that your kind words, the patience you showed, the encouragement you offered, or the consistency and safety you provided made all the difference in the world to that child.
Congratulations to Lisa Cerulli and to all of the teachers recognized this year!