Students receive education awards

From left: Alex Burgos of Washingtonville, N.Y. (Treasurer of Quinnipiac University’s Future Teacher Organization); Stephanie Chaplin of Attleboro, Mass. (CEA-SP State Chair and UConn student); Emily Oaks of Tolland, Conn. (Former CEA-SP State Chair and Southern Connecticut State University student); Timothy Nott of Montville, Conn. (Western Connecticut State University’s Education Club President); and Victoria Formica of Hamden, Conn. (CEA-SP Vice Chair and Quinnipiac University student).

July 8, 2013 - Two Quinnipiac students received awards at the National Education Association's 151st annual summer leadership conference held in Atlanta from June 29 through July 6.

Alex Burgos, treasurer of the University's Future Teacher Organization, and Victoria Formica, vice chair of the Connecticut Education Association's Student Program, were among five CEA-SP members honored at the event for their hard work and commitment to improving public education. Stephanie Chaplin, CEA-SP state chair and UConn student; Emily Oaks, former CEA-SP state chair and Southern Connecticut State University student; and Timothy Nott, Western Connecticut State University's Education Club president, rounded out the group.   

The five future teachers received the following awards: Outstanding State Affiliate Award, Outstanding Local Affiliate Award (Southern Connecticut State University), Outstanding Local Leader Award (Timothy Nott) and the Membership Increase Award. 

CEA president Sheila Cohen congratulated the students for their commitment to the teaching profession and their desire to help improve the lives of students.

"The future educators will play a crucial role in our nation to make sure every student receives a quality education," said Cohen. "Teachers are our nation's heroes--they motivate and inspire young minds and enable students to achieve extraordinary things. I know these future teachers will make excellent educators, and I thank them for their commitment to making a real difference in students' lives."

The students joined more than 9,000 public school teachers and future educators from around the country for the conference, titled "NEA: We Educate America," at the Georgia World Congress Center. 

Connecticut's student delegation kicked off the conference with "Outreach to Teach," an annual event started by NEA's Student Program as a way to give back to the city hosting the NEA annual conference. Educators--current, future and retired teachers--cleaned, painted, repaired and beautified Thomasville Heights Elementary School. 

The CEA represents 43,000 teachers in Connecticut.