School District Names Tahlya Granja As Teacher Of The Year
Plainville Community Schools has named Linden Street School second grade teacher Tahlya Granja as the 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year. Granja was nominated by fellow faculty members Joan Carey and Melissa Dodenhoff.
Granja has been an educator at Linden Street School for 11 years, teaching second grade. Prior to that, she was a third grade teacher at Union Elementary School in Farmington, Connecticut. In addition, she completed Google certification and has provided professional development to colleagues. Further, she is a member of the district's Technology Implementation Committee, the Language Arts Committee, the District Teacher Evaluation / Professional Development Committee, and helped run the After School Science Club at Linden. Granja also volunteers in a variety of capacities including serving as a volunteer at the Silver Lake Conference Center, during the Hole in the Wall Gang Traveler's Championship, and through her study abroad experiences in Ghana, Africa.
When asked about her philosophy of teaching, Granja explained, "My philosophy of teaching is built from the premise that EVERY student will succeed in my classroom. I believe that all children, no matter their strengths, weaknesses, gender, race, learning needs, labels or home situations are capable of growing and learning when provided with a safe, nurturing, and stimulating learning environment. I believe that learning should be authentic and reflect a meaningful purpose / goal." And when asked how she inspires a life-long love of learning, Granja noted, "I am a fire starter, sparking everything around to see what catches in the hearts of my students. Somewhere, something will catch. It always does; that burning inner flame which is the unquenchable desire to learn more."
As Teacher of the Year in Plainville, Granja will also participate as a candidate for Connecticut's 2016 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.
"Having a passion for reading, writing, and learning shows in Tahlya’s daily teaching and mirrored in the enthusiasm of the scholars in her classroom. An energetic, nurturing environment...a well-deserved honor and choice to represent Plainville excellence in teaching!" said Linden Street School Principal, Paula Eshoo.
"Tahlya perfectly represents the qualities we want in our teachers in Plainville. She is adored by her students, respected by parents, admired as a collaborative colleague by her teaching peers, and viewed by administrators as a model for high-quality instruction. She is an amazing educator," commented Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Jeffrey Kitching.
Granja holds both a bachelor of science degree and master of science degree from Central Connecticut State University. She is currently taking post graduate courses at Lourdes University. Granja was honored at the June 8th Plainville Board of Education meeting.
-Posted on June 9, 2015 at 11:39 AM
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