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Memorial Middle School physical education and health Teacher Greg Morrone, right, with Memorial Middle School Principal Kevin Brough. Morrone recently was recognized as the District's Teacher of the Year. |(Mark Dionne\Town Times.)

Morrone named teacher of the year


Memorial Middle School PE and Health teacher Greg Morrone was recognized as the 2013-14 District 13 Teacher of the Year at the Board of Education’s Jan. 8 meeting.

Memorial principal Kevin Brough made the presentation to Morrone. “It’s truly been a privilege to work with this gentleman,” Brough said. “Greg is an exemplary teacher ... He has an outstanding classroom climate.”

Citing Morrone’s ability to make connections with students, Brough complimented Morrone’s skills as a teacher and school representative. “He has an outstanding commitment to each and every student with whom he interacts. I think that is one of the special talents and skills.”

Called the “official meeter and greeter of Memorial Middle School,” Morrone is often seen in front of the school, where he says hello to each student and visitor. “It exemplifies his professionalism and not only his commitment to the teaching profession but the individual kids as well.”

Morrone coordinates the intra-mural programs, represents Memorial at the Community Round-Up, and is a member of the school’s safe climate committee. Morrone also is active in the PE/health curriculum process and supervises T.G.I.F. nights. As a supervisor of Step-Up Day, Morrone is often the first Memorial School teacher fourth graders meet when they visit the school.

Although he came into the teaching profession late, after 20 years as an auto mechanic, Morrone now serves as a mentor to new teachers. “He will bring a number of aspiring teachers in and oftentimes provides these teachers with their first experience in working with kids,” Brough said.

“I enjoy watching the smiles on the faces of the kids that come in every day,” said Morrone when he accepted the award. “Sometimes it’s not smiles and my job is to see if we can turn that around.”

Morrone said he never thought he would be named Teacher of the Year and described himself as speechless when he got the news. “It was a big honor from the board and the teachers,” Morrone said. “I don’t go to work to be the Teacher of the Year,”

Noting his late start as a teacher, Morrone thanked Brough for his work as a mentor.

Morrone also was recognized at a Connecticut State Department of Education ceremony at the Bushnell in Hartford.



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