Co-recipients Brad Piccirillo and Debra Tucker \u2018humbled\u2019 \u00a0 Hundreds of Shelton education supporters gathered at Testo\u2019s restaurant in Bridgeport on Oct. 29 to honor the two recipients of the Teacher of the Year award for 2014-15. Brad Piccirillo, a science teacher at Shelton High School, and Debra Tucker, a special education teacher who currently teaches life skills at Perry Hill School, were both selected to receive the prestigious award because of their dedication to the school system and ongoing effort both in and out of the classroom. Mayor Lauretti proclaimed both of the candidates Co-Teachers of the Year and awarded them both with citywide celebration dates in their names. From now on in Shelton, Nov. 2 is Debra Tucker Day and Nov. 4 is Brad Piccirillo Day, according to Lauretti. He added that a goal of the Shelton school system is to have as many dedicated teachers and staff stay in the city for 20-plus years. \u201cYou still have 10 more years to go,\u201d Lauretti said to Piccirillo as he proclaimed him Co-Teacher of the Year. Both Tucker and Piccirillo said being recognized for their hard work was humbling. \u201cIt\u2019s nice to be recognized for just doing our job,\u201d said Piccirillo. \u201cThere are so many candidates deserving of this award, so it\u2019s special. The award recognizes us, but as you see, so many people are here that are a big part of what we do.\u201d \u201cBeing dedicated to your job and enjoying what you\u2019re doing really made the difference for all of those nominated and finalists,\u201d said Tucker. \u201cIt means a lot. It\u2019s really an honor.\u201d Tucker said receiving the award has led her to reflect back on her career and how far she has come. Piccirillo also acknowledged his journey up until this point in his career, and both teachers agreed on their source of motivation. \u201cIt\u2019s all about the kids,\u201d the candidates said simultaneously. \u201cKnowing that we can make a difference in these kids\u2019 lives is the reason we do what we do,\u201d said Piccirillo. \u201cWhen kids come back and you see their accomplishments and they thank you, that makes all of our work worth it.