Teacher of the Year 2022

Teacher of the Year 2022
Posted on 07/07/2022
Dan Matthews

Dan Matthews Named District Teacher of the Year

Dan Matthews, a health/physical education teacher at Bloomfield High School, has been selected the district’s Teacher of the Year.

Heavily involved in coaching youth sports, Matthews is known for his positive energy in inspiring students and engaging colleagues. He will now be in contention for the 2023 Connecticut Teacher of the Year.

Matthews was chosen by the district’s Teacher of the Year committee, made up of former Bloomfield Teacher of Year winners. The criteria include: someone who exemplifies exceptional classroom instruction and management, while promoting student-and-family engagement.

“Dan’s passion and energy drive him to do whatever’s necessary to reach the kids he teaches -- every single one,” said teacher Mary Kay Rendock, who heads the district’s TOY committee. “Bloomfield’s children are lucky to have him in their corner.’’

These were the respective Teacher of the Year candidates from each school:

Bloomfield High School   Dan Matthews
Global Experience Magnet School   Rhianna Mecci
Carmen Arace Middle School   Pauline Mitchell-Murray
Steps to Success Program     Kimari Eady
Carmen Arace Intermediate School   Kate Wasko
Metacomet School   Felecia Johnson
Laurel School  Magnolia Coates 
Wintonbury Early Childhood Magnet   Stephanie Hein

Matthews earned his Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Central Connecticut State University and a Master’s of Art in Leadership from Albertus Magnus University. He was hired by the district in 2007 and started his teaching career at Carmen Arace Middle School before transitioning to the high school.

Matthews said his career ambition, after graduating from high school, was to become a forensic expert. However, after working at an after-school program in his sophomore year of college, he found that working with young people was fun and rewarding. “Teaching kids how to play sports…..the strategies, the life lessons, the team work, the successes and failures; that’s what I wanted,” Matthews said.
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