The Norwich Free Academy (NFA) community is rooting for one of their own to take home a national award this month. Already a recipient of state and national awards, social studies teacher Karen Cook was recently named a finalist for 2019 National History Teacher of the Year.
Cook, who has taught at NFA since 1998 and now heads the social studies department and honors program at the school, was first inspired to study history growing up in Canterbury and learning about Prudence Crandall. Crandall, Connecticut’s Official State Heroine, opened New England’s first school for African American women in Canterbury in 1833.
NFA social studies teacher Karen Cook was first inspired to study history when she learned about Prudence Crandall, growing up in Canterbury. CEA Executive Director Donald Williams, the author of “Prudence Crandall’s Legacy: The Fight for Equality in the 1830s, Dred Scott, and Brown v. Board of Education,” presented Cook with a signed copy of the book to congratulate her on being named a finalist for the 2019 National History Teacher of the Year award.
More than 500 ninth graders from nine different Connecticut towns arrived for their very first day of school at Norwich Free Academy (NFA) yesterday. And their teachers were ready for them.
Here’s what some NFA ninth grade teachers are planning on and looking forward to this school year.
Social studies teacher Michael Byrne.
Michael Byrne had his very first official day of teaching yesterday as a first-year social studies teacher at NFA. That first day mostly featured tours of campus. Because the incoming class is so large and the campus-style layout of the school can be intimidating for new students, the first day of school serves as an orientation for ninth graders.
Byrne graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University last spring and student taught at NFA last year. “I”m looking forward to getting to know my kids and building those relationships,” he says. “Our school welcomes students from every walk of life, and I hope to make a difference in their four years at NFA” Read more