Amanda Schaefer, a third grade teacher at Middlebrook Elementary School in Trumbull, was recently awarded the 2016 Weller Excellence in Teaching Award in recognition of her project entitled, “Interactive Student Math Notebooks.”

This project’s goal “was to promote a deep and lasting understanding of math concepts and content specific vocabulary aligned with Core Standards.”  

“Schaefer created an instructional page and a student-centered reflection page for each new mathematics concept taught throughout the year,” the award ceremony press release stated.  

“In addition to these entry pages, she also included a glossary section in the back of the notebooks to update as new vocabulary concepts were introduced,” the program added. “Separated into four categories (Addition, Subtraction, Place Value; Multiplication, Division, Area, Perimeter; Measurement; Data), the glossary entries consisted of a space to write the math term, the definition, and a picture to illustrate the concept.”

The Weller Excellence in Teaching Award (formerly The Weller Outstanding Teacher Award) program was introduced to the Trumbull Public School System in 1991.  

The award recognizes the teaching quality and innovation exhibited by classroom teachers of kindergarten through fifth grade.  

It is hoped that this honor will help encourage the teaching excellence that is so vital to Connecticut’s youth.

As recipient of this award, Schaefer was honored at the Foundation’s Annual Awards Banquet held at the Dolan School of Business at Fairfield University on April 27, 2016 and presented with a $1,000 Award and a Certificate of Honor.

The Weller Foundation, Incorporated is a non-profit organization that was established in 1962 to provide financial assistance to educational, charitable, and civic organizations. It is well known in the area for its numerous scholarship programs, student awards, and other supporting contributions.