2020 Excellence in Education Awards, Thursday March 26th at the Stamford Marriott Hotel

SPEF’s 2019 Excellence in Education Awards, took place on Thursday, March 21st from 5:30 PM — 9:00 PM at the Sheraton Stamford Hotel. This annual event brought together community members, corporations, school administrators, teachers, parents, and other nonprofit agencies to celebrate the power of public education for students and families in Stamford.

The evening featured a networking reception with a silent auction, musical performance, delicious hors d’oeuvres that were paired with specially-selected wine and beer, and, of course, the award ceremony.


SPEF Leadership Award: Barbara Dalio

Barbara Dalio is co-Founder and Director of the Dalio Foundation, a philanthropic organization that supports her family’s social impact endeavors. Barbara’s primary interests revolve around public education in Connecticut and efforts that enable young people to achieve their full potential.

SPEF Philanthropy Award: NatWest Markets

NatWest Markets is being recognized for its commitment to volunteering, especially in the area of education, and for its generosity in helping SPEF pursue its mission.

SPEF Educator Award: Janell Iyer

Janell Iyer is an ESL teacher at Stamford High School, committed to student success, both personally and academically. “Students are at the heart of everything Janell does. Students who have experienced limited success in other academic areas and classrooms flourish in her presence!”

Stamford Public Schools’ Teacher of the Year Award: Katelyn Tavolacci

“Though I cannot recall the moment in which I decided to be a teacher, I have difficulties recalling a time in my life when I didn’t know that I wanted to teach.” – Katelyn Tavolacci

All proceeds from the event benefited SPEF’s educational programs, including the nationally-recognized Stamford Mentoring Program.

Click on the photos below to get a glimpse into 2018’s event:


Click on the photos below to browse moments from previous Excellence in Education Awards!