Kara Haddad is Lincoln’s teacher of the year

Kara Haddad is Lincoln’s teacher of the year

Northern Lincoln Elementary School teacher Kara Haddad, center, with Northern Principal Alec Ciminello, left, and Supt. Larry Filippelli, has been named Lincoln’s Teacher of the Year. (Breeze photo by Nicole Dotzenrod)

LINCOLN – In a surprise ceremony held after school last week, Kara Haddad was announced as Lincoln’s 2019 Teacher of the Year and honored with the Horace Mann Crystal Owl Award. The award was presented by Supt. Larry Filippelli and Northern Lincoln Elementary School Principal Alec Ciminello.

While Filippelli said the central administration usually plays a bigger role in the selection process, he decided to step back and allow the teachers to decide which colleague was worthy to receive the award this year.

Haddad, a 4th-grade teacher at Northern, has been teaching in Lincoln since 2002 when she was hired as a long-term substitute at Northern. She returned to the school full-time in 2016 from a post at Saylesville Elementary School.

“I am overwhelmed and humbled in accepting the honor of Lincoln’s Teacher of the Year,” Haddad told The Valley Breeze, adding that she’s been fortunate to have worked in all of the elementary schools in Lincoln.

Haddad said she’s thankful to be part of “such an outstanding school system, full of not only encouraging and supporting administrators, but also inspiring, hardworking teachers.”

She said she’s grateful for her colleagues at Northern, with whom she partners and shares ideas “all to benefit our students.”

“It is, after all, all about the students and what is best for them,” she said. “I strive each day to reach each child’s learning needs, not only through blended learning, but also with laughter. I strive to build a classroom family of helpful, kind-hearted learners, who not only want to succeed, but want their friends to succeed, as well.”

She said her hope is that her students “walk out of the classroom the same way: helpful and kind-hearted to those they encounter in their lives.”

Haddad lives in Lincoln with her husband Nick and son Jacob.