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Teacher of the Year, Great Students, Nurses Honored by Board of Ed.

Suffield's teacher of the year, Suzanne Wosko, nine Suffield students and all four school nurses were recognized for their efforts by the Suffield Board of Education Tuesday night.

Suzanne Wosko was formally recognized as Suffield's teacher of the year Tuesday night as the Suffield Board of Education also honored nine exceptional students and four school nurses.

Superintendent Karen Baldwin and teacher of the year committee Chairman Jack Ferraro praised Wosko, a fourth-grade teacher at .

“We know Suzanne will be a great ambassador for us in [2012] and beyond,” Baldwin said.

Ferraro said the teacher of the year award recognizes excellence in teaching as well as community pride. “Suffield is very fortunate to have so many outstanding teachers,” he said, noting that Wosko is a representative of the outstanding teachers in the district.

students Natalie Hitt and Dan Moroney were named Connecticut Association of Education Boards (CABE) student leadership award winners, as were Suffield Middle School pupils Olivia Stanley and Dan Bahl. The criteria for the award include concern for others, diplomacy, ability to honor a commitment and a willingness to take on challenges.

Superintendent Karen Baldwin congratulated the students and their families, praising the students' ability to be positive role models, take risks and demonstrate other leadership qualities.

"We recognize your fine talents and skills," she said.

Suffield Middle School had five of its students receive awards from the Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS) as well. Noelle Albert and Lukas Baker, both eighth-grade students, were named middle school scholar-leaders. The students were recognized for impressive academic and leadership qualities. The CAS recognized Laura Sweeney and Michael McDermott, both eighth-grade students, with excellence in leadership awards. Jonathan Hagenow, the fifth eighth-grader recognized by the CAS, was commended for his excellence in citizenship.

Suffield Middle School associate principal Ida Hickerson called the award winners “some of the best of our best.”

Besides students, the board also took time to honor Suffield’s public school nurses, using a May 9 statewide declaration of appreciation by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. The board recognized nurses Molly Baumann, Colleen Webber, Kristin Richards and Michelle Fall for their hard work keeping school staffs and students healthy.

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