“Seeing how a student has grown, what they’ve learned, and what they’re doing in their adult life—that’s the best gift you can give a classroom teacher,” says Stratford teacher and 2011 State Teacher of the Year Kristen Record.
Teachers think back fondly on the students they taught decades ago, and adults remember with gratitude the teachers who inspired their career choices and encouraged them to become who they are today.
In the videos below, educators talk with their former students who share how their teachers inspired them. Click here to hear from more Connecticut residents who discuss how teachers influenced their lives and careers.
Wallingford teacher and 2017 State Teacher of the Year Lauren Danner taught Noelle Esposito when she worked at North Branford High School, and the two have stayed in touch ever since. Watch the video below.
Kristen Record was Alice Lam’s physics teacher when Alice, now a cardiovascular registered nurse, attended Bunnell High School in Stratford. Watch the video below.