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CREC Teachers Gather for Start of New School Year

CREC faculty and staff work at 26 different schools around the Greater Hartford area, but this morning they all came together in one place to celebrate the beginning of a new school year.

On this beautiful late-summer day, thousands of teachers, administrators, paraeducators, and others who work for the Capitol Region Education Council (CREC) gathered for their annual convocation at Dunkin Donuts Park in Hartford.

Kelly Nowick, a school counselor at the CREC Academy of Science and Innovation, opened the event by singing the national anthem.

Library media specialist Tracy Gagnon and education technology specialist Hiroe Vestergaard teach at Glastonbury-East Hartford Elementary Magnet School. Gagnon says she is looking forward to the opportunity to connect with her students.

CREC Metropolitan Learning Center teachers Angela Gegetskas, who teaches business, and Caroline Alexopoulos, who teaches math, are looking forward to strengthening their school community.

“We want to work together with students, parents, and other teachers in the best interest of our children,” Alexopoulos says.

Kindergarten teachers Aileen Mahar (left) and Jenna Cercone (right), along with Spanish teacher Paula Smith, teach at the CREC Academy of Aerospace and Engineering Elementary School.

“Our district initiative this year is making new connections,” Mahar said. “We’re also looking forward to working with new leadership.”





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