SPEF is excited to be celebrating the power of public education at our 17th annual Excellence in Education Awards! At this special event, community members, corporations, school administrators, teachers, and parents come together to celebrate Stamford’s commitment to empowering our next generation of Stamford students. Heartfelt thanks to our presenting sponsor, NatWest!

The evening features a networking reception with a silent auction, musical performances from students, delicious hors d’oeuvres that are paired with specially selected wine and beer, and, of course, the award ceremony.

The Excellence in Education Awards is one of our major fundraisers, with proceeds going to support the critical programs we deliver in the Stamford Public Schools each day. Our programs include the Stamford Mentoring Program, Summer Start, Tutoring, Parent Leadership Training, and Books Across Stamford.

We hope you will support SPEF by purchasing a ticket, becoming a sponsor, or by placing an ad:

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2024 AWARD RECIPIENTS

SPEF Leadership Award

1

Susan Nabel (Posthumous) 

We are honored to recognize Susan, who was a champion for Stamford Public Schools and its students, serving as a member of Stamford Board of Representatives and the Board of Education. She was a longtime member of SPEF’s Board of Directors and a dedicated volunteer mentor who loved guiding our middle school students.

SPEF Community Giving Award

2

Viking Global Foundation

We are so thankful for our partnership with the Viking Global Foundation. With its hands-on approach to making a positive impact in our Stamford community, Viking has generously supported SPEF’s early education programming, which serves the district’s youngest learners. In addition, Viking and its employees have engaged with SPEF in a variety of volunteer initiatives, including raising funds for book distributions and filling kindergarten-ready backpacks.

SPEF Educator Award

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To Be Announced

Stamford Public Schools educators are nominated by their Parent-Teacher Organizations. The winner is selected by SPEF’s Board of Directors and announced at the event. Who will it be?


SPEF THANKS THE FOLLOWING 2024 SPONSORS


PHOTO GALLERY FROM OUR PAST EVENTS


Excellence in Education 2023 Awards: April 27th at 5:30PM

The annual event was held at the Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa and continued the tradition of bringing 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.

SPEF honored the following 2023 award recipients:

SPEF Educator Award Wendy Tang, Hart Magnet Elementary School
SPEF Leadership in Literacy Award Amy Beldotti, Associate Superintendent,
Teaching and Learning
SPEF Leadership in Literacy Award Alice Knapp, Chief Executive Officer, Ferguson Library
SPEF Community Giving Award Reading is Fundamental (RIF)

Excellence in Education 2022 Awards: June 1 at 6PM

The annual event was held at the unique Rooftop Terrace @ 600 Washington Boulevard and continued the tradition of bringing 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.

SPEF honored the following 2022 award recipients:

SPEF Educator Award Jennifer Argenio, Rogers International School
SPEF Leadership Award Patricia Billie Miller, State Senator
SPEF Community Giving Award Deloitte
Stamford Public Schools’ Teacher of the Year Award Jonathan Ringel, Stamford High School

Excellence in Education 2021 Awards: March 25th at 6PM

The annual event was held virtually in 2021 and continued the tradition of bringing 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.

SPEF honored the following 2021 award recipients:

SPEF Educator Award Katie Welsh
Luciana Lira
Betsy DeSantis
Ryan Carey
Fred Kelley
SPEF Leadership Award Jack Bryant (posthumous)
SPEF Philanthropy Award Gartner
Stamford Public Schools’ Teacher of the Year Award Donna Kaiser

Excellence in Education 2022 Photos (Awards)

Excellence in Education 2022 Photos (Cocktails and Conversation)

Special Thanks to our Photographers: Denice Laveris, Lew Finkel, Cristian Pimienta