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School District Names Leanne Gmeindl As Teacher Of The Year

Plainville Community Schools has named Middle School of Plainville Special Education teacher Leanne Gmeindl as the 2013-2014 Teacher of the Year. Gmeindl was nominated by colleague Denise Grodzicki. "I nominated Leanne because she is a fantastic teacher! She is passionate about her students and her job. She always has a smile on her face, she is always positive and always welcoming. She truly cares about all of her students and models professionalism when working with parents and co workers. Any student that has Leanne as a teacher is a very lucky student!" said Grodzicki.

Gmeindl has been an educator for 17 years, having served 9 years at the Middle School of Plainville, and 7 years in her current role as a Special Education teacher. In addition, she has been a presenter of professional development workshops a number of times, and has served on a variety of committees for Plainville Community Schools. In addition, she is currently an Adjunct Professor in the School of Education, Master of Arts in Teaching Program at Quinnipiac University.

When asked about her philosophy of teaching, Gmeindl noted, "My philosophy of teaching is simple, in that I believe that every child can learn. I am there for my students, and will persevere in order to help them be successful. I believe it is imperative to set high standards for all of my students. I expect the best from them, I pay attention to them, and I have a vested interest in their lives, and I know their "story." We celebrate small victories together and these victories are the guiding light that continues to spark my love of teaching."

As Teacher of the Year in Plainville, Gmeindl will also participate as a candidate for Connecticut's 2014 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.

"It was not a surprise to hear that Leanne was chosen as Teacher of the Year. She is clearly deserving of the honor. She is a master teacher and a champion of her students," said Middle School of Plainville Principal, Matthew Guarino.

"Leanne's commitment to excellence in the profession and her dedication to meeting the needs of her students is a model for all teachers. She perfectly represents Plainville and the qualities we value in our teachers," commented Superintendent of Schools, Jeffrey Kitching.

Gmeindl, a Bristol resident, holds a bachelor of science degree from Nazareth College of Rochester and a master of science degree from National University. Gmeindl was honored at the June 10th Plainville Board of Education meeting.

-Posted on June 26, 2013 at 02:06 PM

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