Amanda Dempsey, a first grade teacher at Long Hill Elementary School in Shelton, was awarded the 2015 Weller Excellence in Teaching Award in recognition of her project entitled, “Reach for the Stars with Research.”
The goal of her project was “to encourage an inquiry-based approach to learning, by equipping students with the ability to independently conduct research using a variety of sources (primarily technology-based), and use their new learning to create presentations.”
This award, which was formerly known as the Weller Outstanding Teacher Award, was introduced to the Shelton Public School system in 1994. The award recognizes the teaching quality and innovation exhibited by teachers in the classrooms of kindergarten through fifth grade. The hope is that the award will encourage teachers to go the extra mile for their students.
Dempsey was honored at the foundation’s annual awards banquet held at Fairfield University on April 29, where she was also awarded $1,000 and a certificate of honor.