Nonnewaug High School Agriscience Director William Davenport was sworn in as a member of the state Board of Education this morning at the board’s meeting in Hartford. He is the second educator on the board, joining AFT member Erin Benham, a Meriden literacy teacher.
“I’m looking forward to sharing my 30 years in the classroom to continue to make a difference for students and to help Connecticut schools improve,” Davenport said.
He said he hopes to be able to guide the board toward some thoughtful, progressive discussions about how to improve education.
“It’s good for the board to include the perspectives of educators who are in schools working with students every day and see how state education policy plays out in our classrooms,” said Davenport.
CEA President Sheila Cohen said that Davenport has always been a strong advocate on behalf of public education. “Bill has shown leadership speaking out on issues important to CEA and teachers before the state legislature,” she said.
Davenport was selected as Connecticut’s Teacher of the Year in 2004, and has received numerous awards as a teacher and advocate for agricultural education.
State Board member Terry Jones said he has visited Davenport’s classroom and that the “mutual respect between the students and Bill was really palpable.”