District Teacher of the Year

Heather Wellington, Social Studies Teacher is the Foster-Glocester Regional School District 2019 Teacher of The Year
Posted on 07/03/2019
Pictured with Dr. Barnes and Mr. Porrazzo

The Foster-Glocester Regional School District is pleased to honor Heather Wellington as the 2019 District Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Wellington began working for the District in 2003 and since then served as a valued member of Ponaganset Middle School’s Special Education and Social Studies Departments.

Principal, Joe Porrazzo stated, “M
rs. Wellington sets high standards for herself and those she serves, namely the students of the Foster-Glocester Regional School District. In her role as a middle school Social Studies teacher, she has been strong in her advocacy for excellence. She supported programs and procedures that hold students, directly serviced in her classroom or not, accountable for the production of high-quality work while consistently rewarding them fairly for their effort. I’m continuously impressed with her strong beliefs in the universal potential of all students to achieve. Mrs. Wellington’s classroom is a vibrant, engaging place where students are involved in a multitude of various meaningful, connected, and relevant learning opportunities.”

 Mr. Porrazzo added that, “Mrs. Wellington is considered trustworthy, respectful, authentic and serves as a model of integrity and reliability.  She follows-through in every instance whether it be teaching, serving on committees, her service to various non-profits, volunteering in the school, or running after school programs. Her persistence in tirelessly doing what is best for students is admirable and often contagious. Her integrity is consistent; she continuously advocates for what is right for students, which often is in direct opposition of what is convenient. Her priorities put her student’s well-being first, often making personal and professional sacrifices for their benefit.

 Mrs. Wellington strives to connect with all students emotionally, integrates blended learning in her classes in order to reach all students academically, and adopted a pedagogy that can be described as a core teacher interventionist strategy. She pays specific attention to, and follows closely, her students’ academic data and their individual emotional well-being. These practices allow her to differentiate, thereby creating an environment for all students to grow at a pace that is both demanding yet comfortable.”

 Dr. Barnes added, “Ms. Wellington is a true teacher leader who has contributed to learning and teaching at the classroom, school and district levels. Her commitment to supporting her students and colleagues helps cultivate a collaborative, relevant, and personalized learning community within our district.”

Ms. Wellington’s community service includes organizing her school team to gather and donate more than 3,700 toiletries donations for the homeless. Additionally, she implemented the Read with Malcolm program, encouraging the students in her team to participate in the reading incentive program during homeroom.

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