No one enters the education field looking for rewards or gratification. We do it because we want to have a positive impact on our students’ lives and push them to meet their potential. This prestigious award celebrates the hard work of all my students as well as the teachers and mentors who have shaped me as an educator. The Presidential Award will open avenues for me to collaborate with other outstanding teachers as I continue to grow as an educator and effect positive change.

Sean Serafino Monroe, CT | K-6, Science, 2016

Sean Serafino has been a teacher for 13 years at Monroe Elementary School, where he currently teaches third grade and is the school’s Technology Integrator. He sits on his district’s professional development committee, curriculum council, and his school’s data team. Sean is leading the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards by creating inquiry-based activities that engage his students. He utilizes project-based learning that connects across disciplines. As the Technology Integrator, Sean works with the staff to seamlessly integrate technology into the classroom. He has presented for the Connecticut Science Teachers Association, Connecticut Science Supervisors Association, and the Connecticut Educators Computer Association. In 2016, Sean was awarded the Connecticut Science Teachers Association’s Excellence in Elementary Science Teaching Award. He was the recipient of the Weller Excellence in Teaching Award in 2017. Additionally, Sean has taken on a role as an adjunct professor at Sacred Heart University, working with undergraduate and graduate level teaching candidates. Sean earned a B.A. in psychology, a M.A.T. in elementary education, and a 6th year Certificate of Advanced Studies in science leadership from Sacred Heart University. He is certified in kindergarten through sixth grade elementary education, and has previously taught first and fourth grade.