Shelton\u2019s Board of Education recently presented a fifth grade teacher at Perry Hill Elementary with its first monthly Innovative Teacher Award. Courtney Dishian, a fifth grade teacher at Perry Hill Elementary School, was announced as the recipient of the new monthly district award presented by the Board of Ed for her innovative work with her students. Superintendent Dr. Chris Clouet said Dishian brings many skills to the table, but her ability to establish strong connections with her students to the classroom has proven to have a lasting impact. \u201cWhen you say you want someone that\u2019s going to be in your child\u2019s classroom that\u2019s going to change their lives, this is that person\u201d said Clouet. Dishian said she makes it a priority to learn what her students\u2019 interests are in order to establish the relationships that ultimately contribute to their learning experience. \u201cWhat\u2019s important to them becomes important to me,\u201d said Dishian. Perry Hill Elementary School Principal Lorraine Williams said Dishian is an extremely hard-working teacher and she\u2019s thankful to have her on her staff. \u201cI could be in her class for 15 minutes without her knowing that I\u2019m there because she\u2019s so busy running the entire class and nothing interrupts her hard work,\u201d said Williams. \u201cShe\u2019s becoming a leader in the district and is going for her 092 (Intermediate Administrator, 092, Certification), so she\u2019s doing an internship with me so I\u2019ve had the pleasure of really talking with her in depth every week. We talk philosophy, we talk education, she\u2019s on the school improvement team, she does the newspaper, she\u2019s a teacher in the after-school program and always willing to just jump in. We have a great staff at Perry Hill, and she\u2019s just one of the excellent teachers we have.\u201d Board of Ed member Amanda Kilmartin said her son attends Perry Hill and he has loved his experience with Dishian as his teacher. \u201cCourtney is one of his favorite teachers \u2014 that doesn\u2019t even cut it. She\u2019s one of his favorite humans that he\u2019s ever met,\u201d said Kilmartin. \u201cThis is very well deserved.\u201d Dishian was awarded the 2016 Weller Excellence in Teaching Award in recognition of her project titled \u201cOut of the World Alien Project.\u201d The goal of the project was for students to research a planet of their choosing and construct a 3-D model of an alien that could live on the planet based on the planet\u2019s features.