Connecticut State Teacher of the Year, 2008
Joan Hurley is a fifth grade teacher who has served urban and suburban children and their families for 26 years. She teaches for the Capitol Region Education Council in Hartford, CT, at the University of Hartford Magnet School, a nationally recognized Magnet School of Excellence. As a result of the landmark civil rights case, Sheff vs. O’Neill, CREC runs a system of 18 interdistrict magnet schools, all of which achieve at high levels and meet judicially-mandated racial and economic integration standards. Joan is passionate about social justice and believes it begins and is sustained within the hallowed halls of education.
Joan is a member of NNSTOY, the organization of teacher leaders that seeks to transform teaching by using its credible voice to support policies and practices that advance teacher leadership, educator effectiveness, and the conditions, capacity, and culture necessary to support great teaching and learning for all students. Joan is the 2008 Connecticut Teacher of the Year, a mom of two beautiful boys, and godmother to the daughters of two former students. She is a reader, and an enthusiastic proponent of teaching, learning, and Captain Underpants.
Member of NNSTOY
We are a network of State Teachers of the Year and Finalists who use our teacher leadership to ensure that every student receives an outstanding education. We do this through our focus on practice, policy and advocacy.We Believe...
- Every student has a right to a high-quality education, regardless of background, race, gender, disability or socio-economic status.
- To achieve educational excellence for all students, we must transform and support the teaching profession.
- It is imperative that we involve our nation’s expert teachers in conversations about improving education.
- Teacher leaders will transform the teaching profession and create, implement and sustain systems to solve our toughest educational challenges.
- We must prepare our country’s future workforce to be competitive in a global economy and participate in a diverse, democratic country.
- Educators must partner with families and communities on behalf of our nation’s children.