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School District Names Ken Fusco As Teacher Of The Year

Plainville Community Schools has named Plainville High School science teacher Ken Fusco as the 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year. Fusco was nominated by fellow Plainville High School faculty members.

Fusco has been an educator at Plainville High School for 13 years, teaching Biology, Marine Biology, and Oceanography through the UCONN Early College Experience program at the high school. Prior to that, he taught at Southington High School for four years. In addition, he has taught several Google training courses to colleagues, is Google Apps certified, and was an instructor for the Long Island Sound Mentor Teacher Program (LISMT). Further, he was a finalist for the 2003 Presidential Award for Science Teaching, and received the 2006 National Association of Biology Teachers Outstanding Biology Teacher Award. He is a member of a number of educational and civic service organizations including the National Association of Marine Educators, The Southern New England Marine Educators Association, the National Association of Biology Teachers, the National Science Teachers Association and Connecticut Science Teachers Association. Fusco has also coached the Plainville National Ocean Sciences Bowl team since 2001, and serves and an advisor and instructor to the high school’s SCUBA Club.

When asked how he inspires a life-long love of learning in students, Fusco noted, "I live by the adage that you can never learn too much. I try very hard to be a role model to my students. Talking to students about their futures and their desires often leads to discussions about learning new things, or how excited I am when I do learn. I let them know that I learn as much from them as they learn from me. I try to emulate what I would like from them. When I am excited about learning or reading something new, it is contagious to students. Little bits of learning add up to lots."

As Teacher of the Year in Plainville, Fusco will also participate as a candidate for Connecticut's 2015 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.

"Mr. Fusco is a conscientious and dedicated professional who has a deep passion for science, and more specifically, marine sciences. His love of marine biology is contagious, and his positive personality and sense of humor make his classroom an enjoyable and enriching place to learn. It is not surprising that so many of our students pursue college degrees within the sciences upon graduating from Plainville High School. We are very fortunate to have Mr. Fusco as one of our outstanding science teachers," said Plainville High School Principal, Steven LePage.

"Ken has mastered the art of teaching through his knowledge of the content, ability to engage his students in their own learning and his gift for connecting with students. He is an outstanding representative of our school system and his colleagues in Plainville," commented Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Jeffrey Kitching.

Fusco, who resides in Terryville, holds both associate and bachelor of science degrees from Roger Williams University, and a master of science degree from Central Connecticut State University. He was honored at the June 9th Plainville Board of Education meeting.

-Posted on June 12, 2014 at 11:48 AM

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