Congratulations to our
Teacher of the Year,
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!”