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Teacher of the Year Says Best Evidence of Good Teaching is Found in the Hearts and Minds of Students

Cromwell teacher and CT's 2013 Teacher of the Year Blaise Messinger spoke to CEA members Friday night at the CEA Representative Assembly.

Cromwell teacher and CT’s 2013 Teacher of the Year Blaise Messinger spoke to CEA members Friday night at the CEA Representative Assembly.

“What all of us teach is understanding. Understanding of the world around us and the people in it,” Connecticut Teacher of the Year Blaise Messinger told delegates at the CEA Representative Assembly Friday night.

Messinger, a former actor, both amused and inspired the nearly 400 educators.  The Cromwell fifth-grade teacher encouraged educators to focus on their job—making a difference in children’s lives—rather than the tasks that have to be done but can sometimes overshadow the work that is ultimately more important.

Watch excerpts from Messinger’s speech below or here.

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