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Plainville Superintendent of Schools Receives UCONN Alumni Award

Dr. Kathleen Binkowski, Superintendent of Plainville Community Schools, has been selected to receive the prestigious Outstanding Superintendent Award from the Neag School of Education Alumni Society of the University of Connecticut. Binkowski received a Ph.D. in Educational Administration in 1995 from the Neag School and is currently a highly regarded professional in educational circles throughout Connecticut. Dr. Binkowski is admired by her colleagues for her honesty, conscientiousness and humility. She is a district leader, a leader in her profession and a trusted colleague. In her letter of nomination, Anne Rash describes Binkowski as an "accomplished educator and a dedicated professional."

Binkowski’s career has spanned 34 years in the Plainville school system. She began as a classroom teacher and, for the last seven years, has been Superintendent. During her tenure, she has raised student achievement and helped to develop and coordinate the transition from a junior high to a middle school teaching model. She instituted a school climate study that created a better learning environment. She has overseen numerous renovations and facility restructuring initiatives. She has encouraged diversity awareness by promoting a sister school in China and has encouraged the arts by creating a partnership with the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts. She has also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut and Central Connecticut State University. While working with the BEST program she shared her successful experiences using action research to improve teaching and learning.

Prior to her appointment as Superintendent, Dr. Binkowski received the Plainville Superintendent’s Award for Leadership Excellence for four consecutive years. In 1999 she was named a Bell Atlantic Scholar by the American Association of School Administrators. In 2005 she received the Outstanding Communicator Award presented by the National School Public Relations Association and in 2006 she received the Presidential Award from the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents.

"Dr. Binkowski is well deserving of this prestigious award. She is a leader whose dedication inspires staff and students. She is quick to credit those with whom she works and exemplifies the best qualities that a leader can possess," said Plainville Board of Education Chairperson Becky Tyrrell.

Dr. Binkowski was recognized at the Tenth Annual Awards Dinner of the Neag School of Education in Storrs on May 17th.

-Posted on May 20, 2008 at 10:14 AM

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