Richard Broggini has been teaching middle school science for 23 years, including 8th grade physical science for the past 19 years at Smith Middle School.
In addition to holding high expectations and “stretching students’ thinking,” Richard brings passion to his classroom teaching. He makes science come alive for students by tapping into their capacity for joy and creativity, and by providing engaging activities that encourage deeper understanding and collaboration. Richard is known for his excellent rapport with students and for his ability to differentiate for all levels of learners.
In 1997, Richard received the Ensign Bickford Science Teacher of the Year Award. For 15 years, he has devoted himself to coaching and volunteering for Unified/Special Olympics Sports. He produced an educational science music video released by Glastonbury Public Schools that features over 100 students demonstrating physics concepts through dance. Richard has also written a joke book for school.
Richard earned a B.A. in English from Fairfield University and a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from New York Chiropractic College. Richard practiced as a chiropractic physician prior to entering education. He matriculated through the state of Connecticut’s Alternate Route to Teacher Certification. He is certified to teach elementary grades four through eight and biology grades 7–12.