Plainville Community Schools, 47 Robert Holcomb Way, Plainville CT 06062, (860)793-3200

District Names Gaignard Teacher of the Year

Plainville Community Schools has named Plainville High School Technology Education Instructor David Gaignard the 2007-2008 Teacher of the Year. Gaignard was nominated by Plainville High School colleague Scot Wenzel. According to Wenzel, "Dave is one of the most unselfish teachers in the building. Whether it's helping students or helping someone from the staff, he is always willing to go the extra mile."

Gaignard has served as a Technology Education teacher in Plainville for six years. Under his direction, the communications program has grown to include a video production studio, a video control room, graphics and audio rooms, and an Internet radio station. According to Gaignard, the communication classes are very popular, and draw from a diverse group of students.

"Technology Education is unique in that students are constantly having to problem solve, make critical decisions, organize, communicate, and work collaboratively all while incorporating English / Language Arts, science, mathematics, and history. In this sense, Technology Education is much like the real world where people are expected to combine their knowledge of every subject and apply that knowledge on a daily basis. In my classroom, students receive hands on experiences that reinforce theoretical concepts that help them to be successful and dependable contributors to society," explained Gaignard.

Gaignard has extended the communications program beyond the classroom through initiatives including the creation of BEST videos for Plainville teachers, class offerings through the Adult Education Department, special video projects for the school district and the local community, and more.

"We are proud to have David represent Plainville High School as Teacher of the Year. David has helped many civic organizations, the Plainville Police Department and others to complete projects. He has been solely responsible for constructing a state of the art communications lab complete with radio studio, television production studio, computer generated sign lab and a communications curriculum that area colleges and community colleges use as a model. He is extremely deserving of this award and all at Plainville High School wish him well," commented Plainville High School Principal Greg Ziogas.

As Teacher of the Year in Plainville, Gaignard will also participate as a candidate for Connecticut's 2008 Teacher of the Year Program. Each district Teacher of the Year will be individually recognized at an awards ceremony later this year hosted by the Connecticut Department of Education.

"David is an exceptional educator who has contributed much to the district. He reflects both the caliber of excellence and the outstanding commitment to students espoused by our faculty and staff members district-wide," noted Superintendent of Schools Kathleen Binkowski.

Gaignard, a Plainville resident, holds both a bachelor of science degree and a master of science degree from Central Connecticut State University, where he will begin teaching in September as an adjunct professor in the Technology Department. He is currently an adjunct professor at Briarwood College, as well as an instructor in the Plainville Adult and Continuing Education program. In addition, he is a member of the National Honor Roll's Outstanding American Teachers, and serves on the State of Connecticut Technology Education Board.

-Posted on May 31, 2007 at 01:45 PM

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