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Minutes before the start of an official awards ceremony at the Bushnell Performing Arts Center in Hartford earlier this month, Rep. Al Adinolfi (R-Cheshire) congratulated Cheshire High School teacher Megumi Yamamoto (picture below) for being selected as a top-three finalist for Connecticut Teacher of the Year.
Yamamoto, Cheshire’s Teacher of the Year for 2012, has been teaching English at Cheshire High School for 13 years and chairs the English department that consists of 15 faculty members. Yamamoto said she was humbled to have been named Cheshire’s teacher of the year and honored to have been recognized as a finalist in the state competition.
“You have to love the kids and the subject area,” she said while crediting the students, faculty and staff of Cheshire High for her success. “Teaching is not something you do for the money, but it’s a great job.”
Yamamoto ultimately did not win. The top award went to David Bosso, of the Berlin Public Schools.