Ralph R. and Grace B. Jones Foundation
2011 Outstanding Teacher Award
August 22, 2012 – Edgewood Middle School teacher Connie Massaro has been awarded the Outstanding Teacher Award for 2012. As a recipient, Massaro is receiving an unrestricted $5,000 stipend from the Ralph R. and Grace B. Jones Foundation.
Massaro began at Cornerstone Elementary, before transitioning to consulting gifted students in 2004. At that time, she split her time and teaching between both Cornerstone and Wayne Elementary Schools. She is currently teaching at Edgewood Middle School.
“Teaching children is my passion, and I am incredibly honored to be selected for this award,” Massaro said. “I am grateful for the students I have had the opportunity to teach over the years. They are the reason that I am receiving this award.”
In addition to her teaching in the Wooster City Schools, Massaro also spends a considerable amount of time taking advantage of professional development opportunities at colleges and universities. She has challenged students to embrace math through the “Math 24” program and directed the nationally acclaimed “Camp Invention” program offered each summer at Cornerstone Elementary School.
A selection committee consisting of members of the community chooses the winner. To be considered for the award, the nominee must demonstrate excellence in classroom teaching, involvement in creative programs for students, contributions to student growth and development outside the classroom, service to the larger community, commitment to the educational goals of the school district and evidence of respect by students, peers and the community.
“We are extremely fortunate to have dedicated, talented and passionate faculty throughout the Wooster City School District,” said Superintendent/CEO Dr. Michael Tefs. “Connie serves as an inspiration and teaching model for coworkers, students and parents. We are grateful to have her teaching and molding our students.”