Putnam Teacher of the Year Award

Teacher of the year photo

Congratulations to our

Teacher of the Year, 

Tiffany Barnes!!!

     On December 4, 2019, Mrs. Tiffany Barnes was honored as Putnam’s 2020 Teacher of the Year at a ceremony in Hartford. Mrs. Barnes has a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Connecticut. She also has earned a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Eastern Connecticut State University. She has proudly taught Grade 2 at Putnam Elementary School since 2009. During her tenure at the elementary school, Mrs. Barnes has held leadership roles as a PBIS Tier 2 Coach and Second Grade Team Leader. Mrs. Barnes is also a Connecticut Team Mentor and a Trainer for teachers who want to become mentors for new teachers.  Mrs. Barnes participates in UCONN’s Project LYFT, a program to identify and provide enrichment opportunities for gifted students.
     According to the Principal Kate Colavecchio, “Mrs. Barnes is an outstanding teacher! She serves as a wonderful example of how creating relationships with young children benefits them academically to achieve to their highest potential! Mrs. Barnes is a true teacher’s leader and we are thrilled to be honoring her as Putnam Teacher of the Year!”