Shelton’s Catholic school teachers earn innovative grants

Two teachers at Holy Trinity Catholic Academy in Shelton recently earned innovative education grants. Pictured are, left to right, Holly Doherty-Lemoine, Foundations in Education executive director; Bishop Frank J. Caggiano; HTCA teacher Cindy Nizzardo; HTCA Head of School Lisa Lanni; and School Superintendent Steven Cheeseman. Grant winning HTCA teacher Jean Feige is not pictured.

Two teachers at Holy Trinity Catholic Academy in Shelton recently earned innovative education grants. Pictured are, left to right, Holly Doherty-Lemoine, Foundations in Education executive director; Bishop Frank J. Caggiano; HTCA teacher Cindy Nizzardo; HTCA Head of School Lisa Lanni; and School Superintendent Steven Cheeseman. Grant winning HTCA teacher Jean Feige is not pictured.

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SHELTON - Two teachers at Holy Trinity Catholic Church earned grants for their innovative classroom efforts.

Eighth grade teacher Jean Feige received her grant for “Embracing Cultural Diversity.” First grade teacher Cindy Nizzardo earned a grant for “Enhancing Future Learners with LiteTouch Interactive Touchscreens.”

Grants were awarded during a reception, hosted by Foundations in Education, on Feb. 3 at Sacred Heart University's Discovery Museum.

“Being an educator is never easy, but the last two years have been an adventure and you have risen beyond the challenge,” the Most Rev. Frank J. Caggiano said to the Catholic school educators at the reception.

“The fact that you took the time to create innovative grants to the benefit of our young people is another testimony of the great educators that you are,” he added.

The grant program promotes excellence in Catholic education by supporting teachers’ creative projects and professional development. Grants funded through this program are intended for transformative initiatives that benefit multiple grade levels and have a long-term impact on student learning.

“We encourage teachers to dare to dream to create an innovative opportunity for their students,” Foundations’ Executive Director Holly Doherty-Lemoine said.

“Donors to Foundations in Education make this program possible and we are grateful to all who value innovation and leadership in the classroom,” she added. “Thanks to their generous support, we are able to help strengthen and transform Catholic education.”

Foundations in Education is an independent non-profit initiative created to assist the Diocese of Bridgeport’s ongoing mission to support Catholic education in Fairfield County, by supporting innovation in academic and extra-curricular programs, fostering opportunities for the professional development of school leaders and providing scholarship assistance to families in need.