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School District Names Toffolon's Claire Fournier Teacher of the Year

Plainville Community Schools has named Louis Toffolon Elementary School teacher Claire Fournier the 2008-2009 Teacher of the Year. Fournier was nominated by multiple colleagues, including Gail Osland who noted in her nomination, "Claire exemplifies the qualities of a true, dedicated, loving, enthusiastic, caring professional."

Fournier, a 30 year teaching veteran has served in her current position as a first grade teacher at Toffolon School for 15 years. When asked about her teaching philosophy she noted, "I view teaching young children as an opportunity to lay a foundation for their entire school life. What happens in these early years sets a tone and attitude that they will carry with them through the years ahead. Hence, I want children to feel safe, accepted, and cared for. I want them to be excited about trying new activities, and to take risks to learn and discover what their talents and strengths may be."

Fournier has contributed a great deal to the teaching profession beyond the classroom. She has been a mentor and cooperating teacher for eight years, assists new faculty with Beginning Educators Support and Training (BEST) portfolio work, and has served as a BEST portfolio scorer for the State of Connecticut for the past ten years. She has also supported fellow teachers by accepting and mentoring student teachers each year over the past eight years.

"I believe that if teacher DNA really existed, Claire would have it," said Toffolon Principal Lynn Logoyke. "Teaching and learning are not just what Claire does; it is part of what Claire is. She is completely dedicated to the success of each and every one of her students."

As Teacher of the Year in Plainville, Fournier will also participate as a candidate for Connecticut’s 2009 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.

"Claire is a terrific example of the high quality of teaching we have in the district. It is because of the dedicated, knowledgeable teachers like Claire that we continually improve our record of student achievement," commented Superintendent of Schools Kathleen Binkowski.

Fournier, a Bristol resident, holds both a bachelor of arts degree from Saint Joseph’s College and a master of arts degree from Southern Connecticut State University. In addition, she holds Reading Recovery certification from the University of Connecticut.

-Posted on June 5, 2008 at 02:53 PM

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