District News and Announcements

9/1/2020 - Teacher of the Year! Mrs. Christine Musante!

Congratulations to our Region 15 Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Christine Musante!

Joshua Smith, Superintendent of Region 15 Public Schools, has announced that Christine Musante, Kindergarten Teacher at Pomperaug Elementary School (PES) and 12-year educator in the school district, has been chosen to serve as Region 15’s 2020-21 Teacher of the Year.

Mrs. Musante began her teaching career in Region 15 as a PES intern in 2008, teaching 1st and 4th grades at PES before moving to her current position as a kindergarten teacher in 2013, concurrently serving as an Elementary Social Studies Instructional Teacher Leader for three years from 2014-2017.

Mrs. Musante is loving, energetic, compassionate and a master at adapting learning environments to meet the needs of all her students.  She is described as an exceptional educator, who is upbeat and fun loving, and whose kindness towards her students and families make both significant and positive impacts. A role model to her students and staff, she is committed to teaching each of her students and working hard to see them succeed.

Parents remark how she cares for each child as if they were her own, acknowledging her gift for encouraging students to want to learn, and how her parent-teacher communication is always insightful and thoughtful.

Theresa Forish, Principal of PES shared that Mrs. Musante was one of her first hires for the building. “At her first interview I knew she would be one of those extraordinary teachers; I knew she was born to be a teacher. She is a joyful teacher who loves what she does.  She is energetic, always looks for the positive and makes every child in her class feel special.  I am so proud.  She truly deserves this honor.”

In a school year that brought adversity to the classroom, Mrs. Musante demonstrated why she is a beloved teacher. Not even a global pandemic could stop her from loving her students, as she continuously created special moments through virtual learning, maintaining her strong connection to each child. When a child in her class was undergoing cancer treatments at CT Children’s Medical Center, she organized a fundraiser; she effectively raised funds, but more importantly she gave hope and rallied support.

She is a talented educator who seamlessly brings wonder, happiness, and creativity to the Kindergarten classroom. 

“Christine is an educator who embodies the qualities of a model teacher, encouraging a passion for learning in a loving environment. It is indeed an honor for us all to celebrate Christine as she so ably and so deservedly represents who we are as Region 15 and great teachers everywhere!” said Smith.