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Glenn Couture Named Norwalk Public Schools Teacher of the Year

Glenn Couture Named Norwalk Public Schools Teacher of the Year
Posted on 07/24/2019
Glenn Couture

A science teacher with almost three decades of experience in the Norwalk High School (NHS) community has been named Norwalk Public Schools Teacher of the Year. Glenn Couture will represent Norwalk Public School teachers in Connecticut’s 2020 Teacher of the Year program, which celebrates excellence in public education.

“Glenn’s tireless dedication to our school and students is unwavering. Both former and current students have been inspired to pursue careers with ties to both science and the arts, a testament to his ability to inspire lifelong learning,” said Norwalk High School Principal Reginald Roberts.

Over the past 29 years, Couture has taught Physics, Honors Physics, AP Physics, Chemistry, Forensics and Physical Science.  Couture is known for helping students understand subject matter from a historical and cultural perspective.  His creative labs and demonstrations help to develop the students’ ability to effectively use scientific equipment while creating a positive, creative and enjoyable learning environment. These skills inspire students to be able to problem solve in the global community.

“Each year, students complete a series of engineering challenges. One of the favorites is the catapult project, which takes place each January. Students create a device capable of launching a projectile into specified targets employing Next Generation Science Standards during its construction and testing. Over the years, the catapults have varied greatly,” said Couture. “The same is true about my students and the way they grow as learners. My goal is to provide students with the skills they need to collaborate, share ideas, think critically, problem solve and support one another. I am pleased to be honored as Norwalk Teacher of The Year as I continue to prepare my students for life beyond NHS.”

While Couture is STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and HOT (Higher Order Thinking) trained, his influence extends to the entire school community with his ability to bridge science and the arts. Since joining NHS, Couture has played an integral role in yearly musical performances including the popular annual Candlelight holiday concert.

Last year he led and directed The Addams Family musical at the high school.

As an active member of the school community, Couture participates in multiple fundraising events including Bears Beating Cancer, St. Baldrick’s, senior/junior fashion shows, talent shows, and dodgeball tournaments.

Known as a true team player among colleagues, Couture is a mentor and teacher to both students and teachers alike. Over the years, Couture has trained more than 200 adult teacher candidates throughout the state through Connecticut Alternate Route to Certification Program as the lead methods instructor for the Physical Sciences. Additionally, he was one of three representatives chosen from Connecticut to attend Research Teachers Conference in Washington DC in 2017.

He was also a part of a University of Bridgeport Strategy Initiative on challenges of teaching physics in high-need high schools in CT, and the recruitment of teachers in the areas of STEM.

Couture’s selection follows his recognition at the annual Norwalk Excellence in Education awards. Educators were nominated by their peers and endorsed by each School Governance Council, making them eligible to be considered for recognition as Norwalk’s Teacher of the Year.  Couture follows Norwalk Teacher of the Year recipients Dr. Robert Seferian (2017) and Rosemary Holomakoff (2018).

Like Norwalk’s Excellence in Education recognition, the Connecticut Teacher of the Year initiative aims to recognize and honor teaching excellence. It does not attempt to select the "best" teacher, but looks to celebrate what is best in the profession. Nominees from each district are invited to an annual banquet held in Hartford in December, where more than 1,000 attendees gather to celebrate teaching in Connecticut. The teacher selected as the 2020 Connecticut Teacher of the Year then moves on to the national program.