We’ve heard before that Connecticut has great schools. Back in early August, a list actually ranked our schools as the third best in the country. But lists are everywhere nowadays, so we’re excited to learn that we finally have real, hard proof of Connecticut’s educational dominance.
According to NBC Connecticut, not one, but two Connecticut teachers are being invited to the White House to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. In addition to being nationally recognized as one of the top Math and Science teachers in the country, they get a cool $10,000 and an invite to the award ceremony in Washington, D.C.
That might sound like a lot of cash, but think about it. Teachers are so valuable and often don’t get paid what their worth. So if anyone deserves a little extra scratch for putting up with our state’s kids day in and day out, it’s people like Nicole Gilson (who teaches in Orange) and Liesl Fressola (who taught in Newtown and Danbury).
These two teachers represent the education system in our state as a whole. And damn if they didn’t make us proud.