James Morris educator is Region 6 Teacher of the Year
Region 6 Teacher of the Year Jean Leonard and her parents, Bill and Linda Leahey, after Wednesday's Teacher of the Year announcement. BZ photos
James Morris School second-grade teacher Jean Leonard has been named the Teacher of the Year in Region 6 for 2020.
Leonard was named the winner of the prestigious honor during a staff assembly at Wamogo Regional High School on Wednesday.
As the Region 6 honoree, Leonard is now eligible to compete for the state Teacher of the Year award, which is given to a teacher who best completes a rigorous application process.
Leonard is in her 16th year at the James Morris School and in her fifth year teaching second grade. She has also taught fifth grade and fourth grade. Being a teacher was her dream growing up, Leonard said after being introduced as Teacher of the Year.
“When I was little, I planned for life as a teacher,” Leonard said. “I played school and collected ideas. It’s what I dreamed about and all I ever wanted to do.”
Leonard was one of eight teachers nominated for Teacher of the Year. She was chosen by a committee of teachers and Wamogo Regional High School Assistant principal Charles Rowland.
“What a blessing it is to be in Region 6,” she told her colleagues. “It’s the best job I could have asked for and gives me a chance to be with teachers, staff and parents who are so caring. I love working with all of you.”
Leonard’s parents, Bill and Linda Leahey of Suffield, surprised their daughter by attending the announcement.
Region 6 Teacher of the Year Jean Leonard is congratulated by Superintendent of Schools Christopher Leone.