Seasoned band director awarded academic honor

October 28, 2013 by  

The 2014 Connecticut Teacher of the Year has been named as John Mastroianni, the band director of Hall High School in West Hartford, Connecticut near Vernon.

He was honored at the high school’s October 8 ceremony when he was presented the award by both the West Hartford and Connecticut boards of education, including Commissioner Stefan Pryor. Lawmakers from town to state level were also present, and included Governor Dannel P. Malloy.

For the last 15 years, Mastroianni has been the director of two bands Before that, he worked at other high schools and colleges. School Band and Orchestra Magazine listed him in their article ‘50 Directors Who Make a Difference’.

After the county named him the 2013 Teacher of the Year, he had a chance at the same title statewide. The judges of the Connecticut Teacher of the Year are past winners, members of educational organizations, and business representatives.

Three other teachers shared the award with Mastrioanni. They were Trumbull High School’s Eric August, Windsor High School’s Christopher Todd, and Woodland Regional High School’s Deborah Flaherty. All four will move onto the National Teacher of the Year awards, attend the Dallas national conference, and be honored at a White House reception by the president. They will also be part of various educational committees as public education ambassadors.

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