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Vincentena Kobasa Excellence in Teaching Award

The Vincentena Kobasa Excellence in Teaching Award was established by the Seymour Board of Education in the 2002-2003 academic year. Mrs. Kobasa was a retired Seymour teacher who served on the Board of Education. Mrs. Kobasa was a tireless individual who devoted much of her time in community service both in Seymour and other New Haven County Agencies. It is only fitting that this annual award be established in honor of her memory.

To be given to an individual who is a retired teacher or a current teacher employed by the Seymour Board of Education who has displayed extraordinary efforts on behalf of students during his/her career, who has made a difference to his/her students and who values educational excellence. The individual shares the ideals of Vincentena Kobasa by displaying involvement in the entire school community and/or community outside of school.


2003 Addie Coppola   2013 Allison Cunningham, Elaine Roche
2004 Sheryl Rothman   2014 Bruce Deming
2005 Judith Cweklinsky   2015 Louellen Pagliaro
2006 Patricia Sabatini   2016 Christine Kaszeta
2007 Cathy Federowicz   2017 Christopher Cummings
2008 Deborah Baldarelli/Basilla Stevens/Caroline Sweeney   2018 Jaclyn Freddino
2009 Mary Deming   2019 Karen Stanek
2010 Cheryl Welch (Elem) Ernie DiStasi (MS) Heather Brown (HS)   2020 Nicole Hiscock
2011 David Fleming(ELEM), Steven Tilki (MS), Shane Cather (HS)   2021 Kathleen Papa-Zinko
2012 Michael Milia (ELEM), Lee Angelosek (MS), Stephanie Shelinsky (HS)   2022 Deborah Baldarelli