Kenneth Fusco Named 2006 Outstanding Biology Teacher
Kenneth Fusco, biology teacher and instructional leader of the science department at Plainville High School, has been selected as the 2006 Outstanding Biology Teacher from Connecticut, by the National Association of Biology Teachers, (NABT). The annual award is presented to a high school teacher from each state, and recognizes educators who demonstrate outstanding performance in the classroom as well as involvement with the school and the community.
Fusco was nominated for the award by colleague John Girard, a fellow science teacher at Plainville High School. Upon acceptance of the nomination, Fusco completed an award application packet that included an overview of his teaching experience and credentials, information about his professional contributions to the field of science, and his involvement in additional school and community activities. According to Fusco, the next step in the application process would have been the selection of a group of finalists, followed by individual site visits to each finalist’s school, and then selection of the winner. “I don’t know what exactly happened with the award process, but shortly after submitting the informational packet, NABT contacted me and said that my application far surpassed those of the other finalists, and I was unanimously selected as the winner. I’m ecstatic to have been chosen for this award. I love what I do, and am thrilled to be able to work with the students and staff in Plainville,” noted Fusco.
“I congratulate Ken in winning this prestigious award. He is a tremendous motivator, leader and comes to school every day energized to be the best teacher he can possibly be. He has changed the complexion of our science department,” commented Principal Greg Ziogas.
“This recognition is an honor for Ken and is awarded to a very small percentage of teachers. Ken is an outstanding candidate and I am pleased that the national association has recognized his gifts. The district is fortunate to have such high quality teachers guiding the learning of our students,” said Dr. Kathleen Binkowski, Superintendent of Schools.
Fusco will be honored at the annual meeting of the National Association of Biology Teachers in October. He has been a science instructor at Plainville High School since 2001, and is currently instructional leader of the science department. In addition, Fusco serves as advisor to the Plainville High School SCUBA Club and coaches the high school’s Ocean Science Bowl Team.
-Posted on June 12, 2006 at 04:41 PM
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