Jennifer Rodriguez, Teacher of the Year - Newington 2022-2023

Jennifer Rodriguez, Teacher of the Year - Newington 2022-2023

-The views expressed are my own-
Connecticut Teacher of the Year Finalist 2023

Operating as usual


Worth the read!
Here is the legislative summary of laws that go into effect on January 1st, focused on education.
An Act Concerning Transparency in Education:

Other laws may also affect education indirectly or your life in general as well.
Be informed, read!

Photos from Jennifer Rodriguez, Teacher of the Year - Newington 2022-2023's post 22/12/2023

Year after year I am humbled by the generosity of others and their willingness and want to give.

Each year my room-parents organize a class gift and each year I ask that any funds collected be donated to our local foodbank.

Thankful for this gift of true giving.
Grateful for the community of learners and families I grow with each year.

Boas Festas to all

Newington Public Schools


Doing the things that keep us & .


Today is the day!
Vote! 🗳️

Thank you, Jennifer Rodriguez, Teacher of the Year - Newington 2022-2023 and Carol Duggan! Having the support of *two* women who have been recognized as Newington Teacher of the Year is particularly meaningful to us.

Each day, NPS teachers put their all into helping every student thrive. Jen and Carol know that Newington needs a Board of Ed team that also puts our students' needs first.

On Tuesday, November 7th, we're asking you to join them in voting for all five of us:

7A: Sam Sharma for Newington Board of Education
8A: Shaun Holloran for Newington Board of Education
9A: Jessica Weaver- BOE Member
10A: Amy Perrotti for Newington BOE
11A: Meri Works for Newington (Meri Beatrice)


Don’t let all our red fool you, we voted 🗳️ Blue for education, children, and working families.

An Undeclared, a Republican, and a Democrat… voted line A all the way.
We did our part, now it’s time for you to do yours.

Legislator Report Card 04/11/2023

4 days until Election Day!
Wonder who supports education?

Legislator Report Card CEA’s Report Card system evaluates legislators’ voting records as well as their advocacy and efforts to advance CEA priorities over the two-year legislative cycle. These priorities include preserving collective bargaining, enhancing the teaching profession, protecting pensions, and supporting so...

Photos from Amy Perrotti for Newington BOE's post 04/11/2023

A wonderful event celebrating our new Teacher of the Year Kirsten Narowski and our retiring BOE members.


Fun surprise in the mailbox… and it wasn’t from Amazon! 😉
Love the mailing Connecticut Education Association (CEA)!!

Photos from Jennifer Rodriguez, Teacher of the Year - Newington 2022-2023's post 24/10/2023

Our Read & Write Across Reynolds Literacy Committee organized and hosted local author Charnaie Gordon for our Kindergarten and First Graders.

Ms. Gordon brought the character "Etta Extraordinaire" to life in a beautiful reading to our students. Etta is a child who overcomes stage fright and shines in her extraordinary uniqueness.

We cannot wait to see what Etta does next! Thank you for inspiring our young readers and writers Charmaine Gordon.

Thank you to our Anna Reynolds PTO for purchasing this welcome addition to our classroom libraries.

HarperKids Books
Newington Public Schools


Thank you to the Connecticut Education Association (CEA) for being our voice and fighting for educators and children across the state. There is much work to done.


My first letter to the editor!

I believe in backing people who support effective policy for working families, children and education.
Dems for Newington Board of Ed


Take a look at the 5 year plan!
Connecticut State Department of Education has been working hard for the future of our learners. Have a read and provide your thoughts or feedback. Everything is linked in the original post.

The Connecticut State Board of Education has undertaken a months-long process of developing it's 2023-2028 Five-Year Plan. After several months of meetings and retreats, engagement with thousands of stakeholders through surveys and focus groups, input by Connecticut State Department of Education staff and leadership, the latest draft, which includes goals, action items and outcomes, has been developed.

Please use this link to access the latest draft of the plan:

We welcome your review and comments here:

Photos from Jennifer Rodriguez, Teacher of the Year - Newington 2022-2023's post 30/09/2023

The first 20 days of school have been fast, chaotic, AND wonderful.

My favorite night of the year is Open House. Our school changed the format to a meet and greet with families flowing throughout our new spaces connecting with every staff member in the building. The flexibility of it resulted in record turnout and a positive vibe felt by all!

And what I loved most was the former firsties coming back to visit.

These nuggets and their families are forever a part of mine.

Anna Reynolds Elementary School
Newington Public Schools

Photos from Jennifer Rodriguez, Teacher of the Year - Newington 2022-2023's post 30/09/2023

The Connecticut Education Association (CEA) celebrated 175 years of service in its first Gala Fundraiser.

Recipients of CEA Educator Champion Awards provided inspiration:

State Representative Jeff Currey, “if you (educators) aren’t in the room there is no room.”

State Representative Kathleen McCarty, “Education has to be bipartisan.”

Congratulations to them as well as our own Hartford County Board Member Katie Grant, as well as Retired CEA & NEA president Bob Chase, and an Ally, Superintendent Dr. Freeman.

It was a lovely evening meeting union representation from across the state and reunions with Teachers of the Year.


A friendly reminder… ❤️🍎

Teacher Certification: What Changes Would You Like to See? 08/09/2023

Calling all educators!
We need your input.
What would you change about the certification process?

Participate in the thought exchange.

Teacher Certification: What Changes Would You Like to See? Teacher certification in Connecticut hasn’t seen major changes since the 1990s, but that’s about to change. The Connecticut State Department of Education has convened a group of stakeholders to redesign…

Photos from Jennifer Rodriguez, Teacher of the Year - Newington 2022-2023's post 01/09/2023

Love a good photo prop!
Wishing all a great year ahead.
Find your in each day.

Year 15 in First Grade
Year 16 as an educator

Newington Public Schools

Photos from Anna Reynolds Elementary School's post 01/09/2023

It’s great to be back!


A great kickoff to a new school year!
Thank you Newington Public Schools.

Photos from Jennifer Rodriguez, Teacher of the Year - Newington 2022-2023's post 29/08/2023

So many great awards given today!
Congratulations to our FIRST ever para-educator of the year and our FIRST equity award winners.

Wonderful accomplishments!
Proud to be a member of this outstanding learning community.
Newington Public Schools

Photos from Jennifer Rodriguez, Teacher of the Year - Newington 2022-2023's post 29/08/2023

This morning I had the honor and privilege of introducing our newest Teacher of the Year, Kirsten Narowski.

Kirsten’s platform encouraged meaningful connections to students and the joys of learning new things.

Wishing her an amazing year of honor and opportunity.

Newington Public Schools
Newington High School

Photos from Jennifer Rodriguez, Teacher of the Year - Newington 2022-2023's post 28/08/2023

Fun with the Sun! Celebrating educators and the cohort at a game.

Thank you to Connecticut Sun for highlighting educators. It was a great way to wrap up the summer and start a new school year.

Connecticut Teacher of the Year Council


“I hear teachers say, ‘I don’t talk politics.’ I hope you are engaged in policy.” At the Empowered to Lead Symposium Rep Jahana Hayes gave a call to action. I am heeding that call.

It is not about politics, it is about policy. No matter what side of the isle our representatives sit, I back policy makers who support educators and the children/families we learn with.

Enjoyed canvassing with you today Amy Perrotti for Newington BOE.

Got some steps in today with Jennifer Rodriguez, Teacher of the Year - Newington 2022-2023! Jennifer knows that education is on the ballot this year and she joined me today to share her story and show her support for the Democratic slate. We promise to support teachers like Jen and protect Newington Public Schools from the national rhetoric that is trying to make its way into our town.

Thank you for your support!


New addition to the must-read list just arrived!
Thank you for the recommendation Mohegan Tribe.


Honored to be a part of this cohort of inspiring teacher leaders.

Newington Public Schools

Congrats to the 2023 CT Teacher of the Year award honorees. Earlier this week, Tribal leadership hosted the state’s top educators on the Mohegan Reservation for a celebratory gala and workshops. The Tribe has been a proud supporter of Connecticut’s Teacher of the Year program for over a decade.

Please visit our honoring page to learn more about these hard-working educators.


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Newington Public Schools

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