Evelyn Hudyma, 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year for the Consolidated School District of New Britain, has been selected as a semi-finalist for the Connecticut Teacher of the Year.
On Thursday, Sept. 17, Hudyma will make a pre-assigned presentation before a selection committee, which represents a variety of state educational organizations. Following the presentation, the committee will interview Hudyma for approximately 30 minutes in regards to several current educational issues.
As someone who climbed the ladder in the New Britain school district, first starting as a parent volunteer, then a paraprofessional and finally a teacher, Hudyma knows the importance of public education and is a true advocate for everything it stands for.
“I am honored to represent the teachers of New Britain at this next level,” Hudyma said. “I am looking forward to the opportunity to discuss educational issues and topics based on my experiences here in an urban school district. This has been a humbling experience and I am appreciative of the support and encouragement I have received from members of the district and the community.”
David Chambers, principal of New Britain High School, is proud of Hudyma and understands the kind of impact she has on children not only in New Britain High School, but also throughout the school district.
“Evelyn Hudyma is a professional educator who knows the value of a high quality education, and what it can do for a student who needs an opportunity to be successful in life after high school,” Chambers said. “Evelyn is an excellent example of an educator who sends forth messages of hope, excellence and achievement in the form of students. As Postman stated, ‘Children are our living messages that we send to a time and place that we may never see.’ Evelyn is a highly qualified teacher with the ability to send such messages into the future.”
According to the Connecticut State Department of Education, “the Connecticut Teacher of the Year serves for one year as a teacher-ambassador for public education, representing the state’s teachers. In this capacity, the person will be called upon frequently for comments or presentations by the media, the legislature, community groups, and education organizations. The teacher selected must be knowledgeable about current issues in education; be able to formulate and present ideas clearly and succinctly; be able to think quickly on his/her feet; and possess outstanding public speaking skills.”
Paul Salina, Chief Operations Officer for the district, praised Hudyma for her teaching style and her ability to adapt to the ever-changing world of educational standards and technology.
“Evelyn Hudyma continually hones her skills as a teacher in the latest educational methods and technology to make her classroom setting one which stimulates the interest, thinking and participation of her students. While holding her students to high standards, she also provides them with the tools and skills needed to be successful, not only in the classroom, but as valuable resources for life.”
Sharon Beloin-Saavedra, president of the New Britain Board of Education, praised Hudyma’s work ethic and drive.
“The Board of Education is so proud of Evelyn for her work ethic and role model stature as a working mother who set a goal and achieved her dream of becoming a teacher. She connects with and relates to her students on multiple levels. Evelyn is a great example of the New Britain spirit.”