Bramante up for Connecticut Teacher of the Year

Andrew Bramante is no longer just a 2012 Distinguished Teacher. He is now also the Greenwich Public Schools representative for the 2013 Connecticut Teacher of the Year program.

Mr. Bramante, a Greenwich High School Chemistry and Science Research teacher, has been with the Greenwich Public Schools since 2005 and will be recognized by the Board of Education at its June 21 meeting at Cos Cob School at 7 p.m.

“Andy Bramante is energetic and enthusiastic in his work with students and as a result his students are motivated and inspired to learn, whether it is in chemistry or pursuing their own individual interests in science research,” Superintendent of Schools Roger Lulow said. “He challenges them to do their best and the evidence is the number of state, national and international recognitions that his students receive annually. Andy will represent Greenwich very well in the 2013 Connecticut Teacher of the Year program.”

GHS Headmaster Chris Winters added, “Andy Bramante is a wonderful choice for the Greenwich representative to the state Teacher of the Year competition. With his success in independent science research, Andy and his students shine a powerfully positive beacon on the excellence that abounds at GHS.”

 

Mr. Bramante will also be honored by The Distinguished Teachers Awards Committee and by the Greenwich Kiwanis Club at the June 21 meeting. The Kiwanis Club will present him with the Joseph Mitchell Kaye Award. Mr. Kaye was a past President of the Greenwich Kiwanis Club, a Lieutenant Governor of the Kiwanis Club for the New England District and served on the Greenwich Board of Education.

Mr. Bramante is one of the six teachers selected and honored by the Distinguished Teachers Awards Committee this year in April. Dr. Lulow was then charged with selecting the one teacher that will represent Greenwich in the State’s program. Throughout May, Dr. Lulow reviewed the nomination packets submitted for each of the Distinguished Teachers, spent time in each of their classrooms, debriefed the observations with each teacher and with their principal and reviewed essays submitted as part of the selection process.

Mr. Bramante has been soundly praised by his students.

“Once or twice in a lifetime, if you are lucky, you meet a teacher who changes your life. For me, that teacher was Andy Bramante,” said Eliza McNitt, a 2009 GHS graduate. “Mr. B treated me and my ideas with encouragement and respect. I proved you don’t have to be a science genius to win the Intel International Science Fair. You must, however, be lucky enough to have the support of a teacher like Mr. B.”

Mr. Bramante’s students have won at least one of the top four prizes at the Connecticut Science Fair in each of the five years he has taught the research class and nine of the 20 students have been awarded an opportunity to compete at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair during this time. His students are also regularly invited to attend and have received prizes at the International Sustainable World Project Olympiad, the Stockholm Junior Water Prize competition, the Siemens Science Competition and the Intel Senior Talent Search.

GHS graduate David Finkelstein said, “(Mr. Bramante) has taught me academic integrity through his strict citation standards, improved my presentation skills through countless run-throughs before science fairs, instilled in me a strong work ethic through his example of providing access to the lab during and after school hours, and taught me to explore new things by embracing my intrinsic interests.”

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