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Congratulations to Stephanie Bregman - Region 15's Teacher of the Year!

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Celebrating the Teacher of the Year Announcement at a PHS Faculty meeting on June 13, 2024 are Dr. Carrie Chiappetta, Assistant Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Jessica J. Sciarretto, Director of Student Services, Joshua Smith, Region 15 Superintendent of Schools, Stephanie Bregman, Region 15 2024-25 Teacher of the Year, Dr. Paul Jones, Principal Pomperaug High School, Michelle Hayes, Academic Chair Special Education at Pomperaug High School, and Don Rapuano, Assistant Director of Student Services.

Joshua Smith, Superintendent of Region 15 Public Schools, has announced that Stephanie Bregman, a Special Education teacher at Pomperaug High School and 11-year educator in the school district, has been chosen to serve as Region 15’s 2024-25 Teacher of the Year.

Ms. Bregman began in Region 15 at the start of the 2013-14 school year. Before her employment in Region 15, she worked St. Vincent’s Special Needs Services as a Special Education teacher for 10 years in Trumbull, CT.  During her time at PHS, she has become well-known and recognized across the State of Connecticut and nationwide for her efforts and dedication to the PHS Unified Sports Program.

The Teacher of the Year committee, consisting of the previous teacher of the year as well as building principals, and teachers from across the district, received close to 100 nominations for 48 different teachers this year. Nominations came from staff members, parents, and students.

Parents, past and present, highlighted the impact that Ms. Bregman has had on their children over the years. Nominations sharing how her passion and unwavering dedication are undoubtedly leading the charge for inclusion, connection, and belonging at PHS. 

Ms. Bregman started the high school’s participation in Special Olympics Unified Sports 8 years ago. PHS Unified has now grown to become a comprehensive program that goes beyond just 3 seasons of sports. In addition to participating in seasonal soccer, basketball, and track and field, PHS Unified also offers a Unified Cheer Team and participates in cornhole tournaments. The team also participates in various social events, including snow tubing in the winter and adaptive water skiing in the summer. Led by Ms. Bregman, the PHS Unified Sports program was recognized nationally as a Unified Champion School in a banner presentation in December, 2023. The team was also first recognized as a Unified Champion School in 2019 under Ms. Bregman’s leadership. 

Ms. Bregman’s teaching style is a remarkable blend of caring, compassion, enthusiasm, adaptability, and professionalism. Her efforts to accommodate students demonstrate her genuine care and dedication to every student’s well-being. All conversations with Ms. Bregman begin with ‘we’ and ‘together’, always emphasizing that every decision is made with the best intention of her students. Her love for her students is evident, advocating for their best interests in all arenas and for creating environments where her students can be independent.

Her strong commitment to her students extends beyond just the classroom; she takes the time to understand each student personally, academically, and emotionally to foster a supportive environment where every student can thrive and succeed. Her gentle guidance is seen in the classroom and on the field, court or track during Unified Sports. She inspires all Pomperaug students to work with and care about everyone, and to treat people with respect no matter their background or ability.

As an educator who manages the intricacies of individualized education plans and finds ways to adapt programs to create inclusive environments, Ms. Bregman not only epitomizes the qualities of an exceptional educator but has also profoundly impacted the lives of all her students. Colleagues share that “she will never acknowledge the work that she does or take credit for the successes of her students or the award-winning Unified Sports Program. She is constantly thinking about what comes next and what can be done better.”

At PHS, Ms. Bregman is currently working with students in a new “Transition” program for students ages 18-22. Started in the 2022-23 school year, she has been an integral part of the growth of the program, a hybrid school and community-based program designed to provide special education students aged 18-22 with authentic life skills and vocational skill experiences.

The goal of the program bridges Ms. Bregman’s efforts towards the benefits of communities that intentionally include individuals with disabilities, as well as preparing students to be valuable, functioning members of the community with a life filled with purpose and meaning when they leave the program. 

“We are honored to recognize Ms. Bregman. Her impact on students is immeasurable and her contributions to our community are invaluable. She is an outstanding reflection of the collective efforts of every educator in Region 15. We are proud to recognize her service to her students, to the teaching profession and to our entire school community. She deservedly represents who we are as Region 15 and of great teachers everywhere,” said Joshua Smith, Superintendent of Region 15 Schools.

For more information on the Connecticut Teacher of the Year Program, please visit The CT Department of Education.

 

PHOTO: Dr. Carrie Chiappetta, Assistant Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Jessica J. Sciarretto, Director of Student Services, Joshua Smith, Region 15 Superintendent of Schools, Stephanie Bregman, Region 15 2024-25 Teacher of the Year, Dr. Paul Jones, Principal Pomperaug High School, Michelle Hayes, Academic Chair Special Education at Pomperaug High School, and Don Rapuano, Assistant Director of Student Services.