SPRINGTIME CELEBRATION: Sunday, June 6th

There was music in the air at Mill River Park as SPEF brought the community together for its first-ever Excellence in Education Celebration. This outdoor celebration honored award recipients and SPEF supporters while featuring performances by students from all over Stamford.

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 2020 Awards: June 22nd at 6PM

The annual event was held virtually in 2020 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 2020 award recipients:

SPEF Educator Award Brenda Zanga, AITE
SPEF Leadership Award Wendy Block & Vicki Craver, Founders of Impact Fairfield County
SPEF Philanthropy Award Pitney Bowes
Stamford Public Schools’ Teacher of the Year Award Lisa Legato-Howlett & Barbara Hanauer

Excellence 2021 Photos

Special Thanks to our Photographer: Denice Dutra-Laveris

Past Excellence in Education Awards Photos

Special Thanks to our Photographer: Denice Dutra-Laveris


SPEF IS PROUD TO HAVE HONORED THE FOLLOWING 2021 AWARD RECIPIENTS

SPEF Leadership Award
Jack Bryant (posthumous)

Jack was a member of the Board of Education and the former President of the Stamford NAACP. He was honored for his tireless advocacy on behalf of underserved families and students in our community.

 

SPEF Educator Award

This year’s educators, nominated by the community, were recognized for their dedication in creating an exceptional learning environment for Stamford students during this unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. Winners were announced during the Virtual Awards Ceremony.

Click here for 2021 SPEF Educator Nominees.

SPEF Community Giving Award

Gartner was recognized for its exemplary dedication to enriching the lives of students and families in Stamford’s public schools through volunteerism and financial support.

 

SPS Teacher of the Year

Donna Kaiser, Stamford High School

Congratulations to Donna who will represent Stamford Public Schools in the State and National Teacher of the Year program. Congratulations to finalists for Teacher of the Year: Judy Anker, Stillmeadow; Ashley Porter Collins, Westhill High School. Congratulations to Spotlight Award recipients: Shakia (Kia) Amaro, Stillmeadow; Jillian Churchill, Cloonan; Kirsten Cianci, Anchor; Briana Coyle, Northeast; Nicole Ballantoni, Dolan. All of these educators bring special levels of innovation, creativity and inspiration to Stamford’s children.

*The Springtime Celebration was held following guidelines dictated by the CDC, State of Connecticut, and the City of Stamford Health Department.

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SPEF THANKS THE FOLLOWING 2021 SPONSORS