A woman who has taught music in Bridgeport schools since 1983 has been honored as Connecticut's Teacher of the Year.
The governor and the state education commissioner visited Warren Harding High School to deliver the news Tuesday to Sheena Graham.
Graham, 57, was educated in the Ansonia public school system and graduated with a bachelor of science degree in music education from Western Connecticut State University and earned master’s degrees from St. Joseph University and Southern Connecticut State University.
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She was one of four finalists for the honor. The others were from Newington, Wallingford and Mansfield.
“My greatest contribution to students today is providing them with opportunities, through music, to discover their passions, develop their voice, create community connections, and see that they have the ability to impact others positively,” Graham told the council as they were reviewing candidates. “Yes I teach music, but the more important goal for my students is to leave my classroom with positive connections to life.”
Graham will go on to a competition for the national Teacher of the Year.
“Mrs. Sheena Graham exemplifies an abundance of passion for her profession and her extraordinary love of music transcends to each student she has the pleasure of interacting with each school day,” Bridgeport Superintendent Dr. Aresta Johnson said in a statement. “She is admired, respected, and revered within her profession and the Bridgeport community.”