School District Names Cindi Giantonio Teacher of the Year
Posted on 06/15/2021
Cindi GiantonioPlainville Community Schools has named Plainville Community Schools Library Information Teacher Cindi Giantonio  as the 2021-2022 Teacher of the Year. Giantonio was nominated by district colleagues Erica Kriscenski and Alexandra Hurlock.

Giantonio has been an educator for 31 years, serving most recently as the Library Information Teacher for Frank T. Wheeler Elementary School since 2019. Prior to that, she served as a second-grade teacher at Wheeler School beginning in 2002.

When asked about her philosophy of teaching, Giantonio explained, “I believe that learning is as essential to a student’s well-being as food and shelter. It is my responsibility as a teacher to provide my students with educational experiences that are engaging, meaningful, and inspire the life-long love of learning. This learning is a process that incorporates exploration, collaboration, and reflection that lead to self-discovery. Each student who walks through my classroom door is a unique and special individual. I embrace their individuality and diversity and  create an environment that encourages all learners to meet their fullest potential. My students are given access to information and are provided the tools to grow their knowledge through the act of investigation,” explained Giantonio. “I hold my students to the highest standards and require those same expectations for myself. It is hard work, perseverance, and a willingness to take academic risks that guide them on the path of success. My students are eager, active learners and they rise to the occasion.”

As Teacher of the Year in Plainville, Giantonio will also participate as a candidate for Connecticut’s 2021 Teacher of the Year Program. Each district Teacher of the Year will be individually recognized later this year by the Connecticut Department of Education.

“Mrs. Giantonio is a perfect representative of the qualities that come to mind when hearing the title, Plainville Community Schools Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Giantonio’s peers describe her as talented and committed, positive, flexible, helpful and supportive, highly dedicated to student learning and care, kind to all, and incredibly resilient. Despite having a brand-new library, she spent the year teaching from a cart, traveling and teaching from class to class, but always did so with joy and enthusiasm. In a year that demanded so much from so many, Cindi stepped up and delivered in a big way! I look forward to celebrating her and hearing her inspiring words at our August 30th Convocation,” commented Superintendent of Schools, Steven LePage.

Giantonio holds both a bachelor of science and a master of science degree from Central Connecticut State University. She was honored at the June 14th Plainville Board of Education meeting.