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Light of Christ

Teacher Recognition Awards
Archdiocese of Hartford

Nominees for the Light of Christ Teacher Recognition Award must have served successfully for at least five years as a teacher in a Catholic elementary school in the Archdiocese of Hartford or in an Archdiocesan high school. In addition, a nominated teacher must possess many of the following qualities:

  •  Serves as a role model for students, a witness to Jesus, a dedicated educator, and a responsible citizen whose life is guided by Catholic principles.
  • Consistently demonstrates excellence in teaching and learning evidenced by the following characteristics: high student engagement; integration of technology and 21st century fluencies; the implementation of research based best practices; and cultivates a positive, successful learning environment in the classroom.
  • Consistently seeks to improve the school community and culture in positive ways.
  • Practices a commitment to “Teach as Jesus Did,” effectively integrating Catholic intellectual and moral traditions across curricular areas while modeling Catholic social justice practices in and out of the classroom.
  • Contributes to the viability of the school by exhibiting innovation, enthusiasm, collaboration, and excellence in the classroom.
  • Embraces each student as a child of God, accepting and advocating for every student; sets high expectations for every student; accepts the challenges faced to enable each student to realize their potential and self-worth; and educates each child with genuine respect and dignity.
  • Creates a culture of hope within the classrooms and school.

2023 Light of Christ Recipients: 

  • Martha Mazon, East Shoreline Catholic Academy, Branford
  • Albert Wallace, Saint Paul Catholic High School, Bristol
  • MaryEllen Schigas, Saint Matthew School, Forestville
  • Marie Rourke, Saint Rita School, Hamden
  • Linda Crotta, Saint Mary School, Milford
  • Ray Guarino, All Saints Catholic Academy, New Haven
  • Ruth Regan, Unified School of Saint Mary Magdalen School & Saint John the Evangelist, Oakville
  • Patrick Hergott, Southington Catholic School, Southington
  • Cathie Mastrogiovanni, Saint John Paul the Great Academy, Torrington
  • John Mirabello, North West Catholic High School, West Hartford

Award Recognition:

  • Ten teachers will be honored with this award.
  • Each teacher will receive an individual $1000 award in recognition of their professional excellence and ministry.
  • Each teacher will receive a $500 award to be used as determined by the winning teacher for use in his/her classroom.


Years of Service

The Center for Catholic Education & Formation would like to recognize the following teachers for their many years of service. To see the pictures from this celebrating, go to the Photo Gallery Page

Ten Years of Service:

  • Michelle Carroll, Saint Bridget School, Cheshire
  • Erin Bonini, Saint Rita School, Hamden
  • Erika Salsbury, Saint Rita School, Hamden
  • Sister Anne D’Alessio, Saint Rita School, Hamden
  • Debra Fiori, East Catholic High School, Manchester
  • Cathleen Luker, East Catholic High School, Manchester
  • Cynthia Calitri, Saint Thomas & Saint Timothy School, West Hartford
  • Joseph Ohlheiser, North West Catholic High School, West Hartford

Fifteen Years of Service: 

  • Janice Cunningham, East Shoreline Catholic Academy, Branford
  • Pamela Lupo, Saint Bridget School, Cheshire
  • Maria Snihurowych, East Catholic High School, Manchester

Twenty Years of Service: 

  • Deborah Grout, Saint Bernard School, Enfield
  • Kim Maysonet, Saint Bridget School, Manchester
  • Lisa Gangloff, Saint James School, Manchester

Twenty-Five Years of Service:

  • Lawrence Duffany, Saint Paul Catholic High School, Bristol
  • Joan Gordon, Saint James School, Manchester
  • Cathie Mastrogiovanni, Saint John Paul the Great Academy, Torrington
  • Alexandria Propfe, Saint John Paul the Great Academy, Torrington
  • Jennifer Samse, Corpus Christi School, Wethersfield

Thirty-Five Years of Service:

  • JoAnn McQuaid, Saint James School, Manchester
  • John Mirabello, North West Catholic High School, West Hartford

Forty-Five Years of Service:

  • Francis Laffin, North West Catholic High School, West Hartford

Fifty-Five Years of Service:

  • Sister Peggy Evans, East Catholic High School Manchester