CEA extends our deepest condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of award-winning WFSB Channel 3 journalist and news anchor Denise D’Ascenzo, 61, who passed away unexpectedly this weekend.
D’Ascenzo greeted CEA members two weeks ago when they were interviewed at the WFSB studio about classroom safety and other issues. The interview stemmed from a statewide survey of teachers conducted by CEA and AFT in partnership with the news station.
CEA and AFT Connecticut members were greeted by Denise D’Ascenzo when they were interviewed at the WFSB studio two weeks ago.
“Denise was the very first person we encountered when we were led into the studio,” recalls CEA Secretary Stephanie Wanzer. “As we approached, she stood from her desk and asked, ‘Are you the teachers?’ When we said yes, she welcomed us with the biggest smile. She raised her hands, applauded, and thanked teachers for all the hard work we do every day for the children of Connecticut. She was so gracious, and we felt like we were the celebrities. It was a real moment, and her passing is such a tragedy for all of us.”
Channel 3 hosted a panel discussion with teachers from across the state Thursday evening. (2nd row) Sheena Graham, Bridgeport; David Simon, West Hartford; CEA Secretary Stephanie Wanzer, CES; Mike Wight, Newtown; (1st row) Leigh Neumon, Cromwell; Michael McCotter, Torrington; and Kristen Record, Stratford.
Last week WFSB Channel 3 took an in-depth look at many issues facing public schools, speaking with teachers to hear firsthand how these issues affect them and their students. Watch the segments, which aired during the 5:30 and 11:00 p.m. newscasts and focus on everything from classroom safety to students’ mental health to how much teachers spend out of pocket on classroom supplies.
To inform their reporting, Channel 3 partnered with CEA and AFT Connecticut to poll teachers around Connecticut on these issues. Read the survey results here.
CEA, AFT Connecticut, and WFSB have partnered on a survey of Connecticut teachers to highlight issues facing teachers and public education today.
Watch last night’s coverage, and tune in tonight at 5:30 and 11 for a look at teachers’ views on classroom safety.