GREENWICH, Conn. — The language arts teacher from Eastern Middle School who was named Greenwich's Teacher of the Year was nominated by those who know her work best — her students.
Bridget Suvansri will represent the district in the 2018 Connecticut Teacher of the Year program. She will be recognized by the Board of Education on June 15 at Julian Curtiss School at 7 p.m.
“Based on the total body of her work as a teacher, leader, colleague, curriculum writer, and innovator, Ms. Suvansri embodies all that we hope and expect every teacher in Greenwich to be," said Superintendent Salvatore Corda. "Nominated by her own students for the Greenwich Distinguished Teacher recognition, they have said, 'She provides all the support we need while stressing self-responsibility and applauding effort.'"
Corda said it wasn't an easy choice to choose from the outstanding nominees.
"I found myself wrestling with the difficult choice of selecting from among outstanding teachers. Each possess the special talents of caring passionately about their students, being masters at their craft, and true professionals in holding themselves accountable to the highest of standards of teacher excellence.”
Suvansri is one of six teachers selected and honored by the Distinguished Teachers Awards Committee this year in April.
A teacher for 19 years, Suvansri has taught for the past 15 years in Greenwich at Eastern Middle School, where she teaches grade 6 Advanced Learning Program (ALP) English and Social Studies and grade 7 ALP Seminar.
Previously, she taught English, Math and Social Studies in grades 5 to 7 in Pennsylvania for four years.
Suvansri has been a pioneer in global literature exchanges. She developed two Level Up Village Global Conversations courses that connected her students to partner students in Pakistan, Jamaica, Kenya, Ghana, and Argentina. Those units are now offered to teachers around the world.