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Outstanding Bridgeport Educators To Receive Awards At 'Inspiration Event'

Outstanding Teacher award, Christine Blaszczynski, computer literacty coach, High Horizons Magnet School
Outstanding Teacher award, Christine Blaszczynski, computer literacty coach, High Horizons Magnet School Photo Credit: Contributed
Outstanding Teacher award, Donald Brelsford, general music teacher, Hallen School
Outstanding Teacher award, Donald Brelsford, general music teacher, Hallen School Photo Credit: Contributed
Outstanding Teacher award, Kara DeFilippo, pre-kindergarten teacher, Bryant School
Outstanding Teacher award, Kara DeFilippo, pre-kindergarten teacher, Bryant School Photo Credit: Contributed
Outstanding Teacher award, Wendy Milson, seventh and eighth grade math teacher, John Winthrop School
Outstanding Teacher award, Wendy Milson, seventh and eighth grade math teacher, John Winthrop School Photo Credit: Contributed
Outstanding Teacher award, Tavares Perkins, fourth grade teacher, Classic Studies Magnet Academy
Outstanding Teacher award, Tavares Perkins, fourth grade teacher, Classic Studies Magnet Academy Photo Credit: Contributed
Outstanding Teacher award, Alisha Price, Team leader, fifth and sixth grade teachers, Hallen School
Outstanding Teacher award, Alisha Price, Team leader, fifth and sixth grade teachers, Hallen School Photo Credit: Contributed
Outstanding Teacher award, Bianca Rivera, third grade teacher, Roosevelt School
Outstanding Teacher award, Bianca Rivera, third grade teacher, Roosevelt School Photo Credit: Contributed
Outstanding Teacher award, Rebekah Tomlinson, kindergarten teacher, Columbia School
Outstanding Teacher award, Rebekah Tomlinson, kindergarten teacher, Columbia School Photo Credit: Contributed
Elizabeth M. Pfriem Civic award, Neil Salonen, President, University of Bridgeport
Elizabeth M. Pfriem Civic award, Neil Salonen, President, University of Bridgeport Photo Credit: Contributed
George Bellinger Leadership award, Michele Matera, Principal, Anna Baum Skane Center
George Bellinger Leadership award, Michele Matera, Principal, Anna Baum Skane Center Photo Credit: Contributed
Beard Excellence in Education award, Brianne Bresky, history teacher, Bridgeport Regional Military
Beard Excellence in Education award, Brianne Bresky, history teacher, Bridgeport Regional Military Photo Credit: Contributed
Beard Excellence in Education award, Alicia Robinson, general music and arts integration teacher, Roosevelt School.
Beard Excellence in Education award, Alicia Robinson, general music and arts integration teacher, Roosevelt School. Photo Credit: Contributed
Beard Excellence in Education award, Eve Sarra, math and computer science teacher, Central High School
Beard Excellence in Education award, Eve Sarra, math and computer science teacher, Central High School Photo Credit: Contributed

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Thirteen outstanding Bridgeport Public School educators will receive awards for their practices May 4 at an Inspiration event, held at the Holiday Inn in Bridgeport.

The Bridgeport Public Education Fund has been celebrating and honoring teachers in this way in the city's public schools for 22 years, according to the announcement.

The following "Outstanding Teachers" will receive a crystal Tiffany apple paperweight, and $1,000 to be used for professional development enhancements and or enrichment for their classroom:

  • Christine Blaszczynski – Computer literacy coach at High Horizons Magnet School
  • Donald Brelsford - General music teacher at Hallen School
  • Kara DeFilippo – Pre-K teacher at Bryant School
  • Wendy Milson – seventh and eighth grade math teacher at John Winthrop School
  • Tavares Perkins – fourth grade teacher at Classical Studies Magnet Academy
  • Alisha Price – Team leader for fifth and sixth grade teachers at Hallen School
  • Bianca Rivera – third grade teacher at Roosevelt School
  • Rebekah Tomlinson – Kindergarten teacher at Columbia School

The following person will receive the Elizabeth M. Pfriem Civic Award, which is presented to an outstanding civic leader who is making a profound difference in education. This recipient is presented with a hand-crafted solid gold apple lapel pin:

  • Neil Salonen – President of the University of Bridgeport

The following person will receive the George Bellinger Leadership Award, which is presented to an outstanding principal that has been nominated by her peers. The recipient is given a check for $1,000:

  • Michele Matera, Principal of Anna Baum Skane Center.

The following teachers receive $25,000 over a four-year period and are part of the Roundtable Advisory. They are being presented with he Beard Excellence in Education Award, sponsored by the Fairfield County Community Foundation:

  • Brianne Bresky – History teacher at the Bridgeport Regional Military Academy
  • Alicia Robinson – General Music and Arts Integration teachers at Roosevelt School
  • Eve Sarra – Math and Computer science teacher at Central high School

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