Courtney Dishian, a Fifth Grade Teacher at Perry Hill Elementary School in Shelton, was recently awarded the 2016 Weller Excellence in Teaching Award in recognition of her project entitled, \u201cOut of the World Alien Project\u201d. The goal of her project was \u201cfor students to research a planet of their choosing and construct a 3D model of an alien that could live on their planet based on the planet's features. Students presented their findings as a passport which allowed their alien to travel to Earth and visit their classroom. \u00a0Aliens were created out of recycled materials, the passport detailed their alien\u2019s features connecting it to real facts that were researched, and also contained additional information about the planet. \u00a0Students presented their information by visiting the international space commissioner, Ms. Dishian, and showing their passport.\u201d The Weller Excellence in Teaching Award (formerly The Weller Outstanding Teacher Award) program was introduced to the Shelton Public School System in 1994. \u00a0The award recognizes the teaching quality and innovation exhibited by classroom teachers of Grades Kindergarten through Grade 5. \u00a0It is hoped that this honor will help encourage the teaching excellence that is so vital to our youth. As recipient of this award, Ms. Dishian was honored at the Foundation\u2019s Annual Awards Banquet held at the Dolan School of Business at Fairfield University on April 27 and presented with a $1,000 award and a certificate of honor.