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Connecticut's Outstanding Biology Teacher Award

Congratulations to Dr. Kristina Gremski Ardito!

The National Association of Biology Teachers has named Dr. Kristina Gremski Ardito Connecticut’s Outstanding Biology Teacher of the Year. Kristina teaches students through storytelling, analysis of information, and critical thinking. She believes science education should be discovery driven where observations lead to questions that are answered through the examination of data, and if the topic is complex will initiate further questions and deeper exploration. A published research scientist herself, Kristina applies the scientific method to the phenomena that she shares with her class. Kristina enjoys the act of wrestling with ideas and delights in seeing her students actively wrestling, debating, and discoursing over observed phenomena. Students love Dr. Gremski Ardito for her well-planned lessons, skill at creating innovative thought-provoking lessons, her warm personality, and her attentiveness. One student wrote "I have never considered myself a STEM person, but your class and your teaching methods have made me feel so much more confident in my abilities. You create such a warm, positive environment in your classes, and Bio was definitely the class I looked forward to the most this year."

Kristina is a gifted writer, thinker, and scholar and expects her students to become big thinkers and efficient writers. Currently, the Chair of the Upper School Science Department at Sacred Heart, Greenwich, Kristina creates lessons that are socially-relevant, such as the importance of vaccines, the advantages and risks of genetic modification, the social construct of race, and even how to reconcile faith and evolution. Her innovative lessons are collaborative and interdisciplinary efforts designed so that all students, not just science students practice analytical thinking.  Kristina draws inspiration from her own research, faculty in other departments, students in her classroom, popular books, Facebook groups such as the “Metacognition & Metacognitive Strategies”,  “Standards Based Learning and Grading”, “Coalition of Anti-Racist Biology Teacher’s”, and “HHMI Biointeractive” which allow teachers to share ideas and strategies, as well as attending a multitude of conferences. A Sacred Heart colleague, Linda Vasu, states “Kristina works with colleagues as thoughtfully as she does with students, always offering insights and ideas that shape new directions in thinking, teaching, and learning.”

Kristina, who has been teaching in Connecticut for the past 14 years, will be starting a new position this Fall at the Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, NY.  The Connecticut Association of Biology Teachers (CTABT) congratulates Kristina on her new position, and on winning the Outstanding Biology Teachers Award. We look forward to seeing her future innovative and multifaceted endeavors.

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Past CT's OBTA Honorees

Year

Recipient

School

2004

Dr. Eileen F. Roark

Nathan Hale-Ray High School, Moodus

2005

Paula Meachen

New Canaan High School

2006

Kenneth M. Fusco

Plainville High School

2007

Monica Kreuzer

Watertown High School

2008

Marissa DeVito Haddad

Staples High School, Westport

2010

Dr. Sibani Sengupta

Sacred Heart High School, Hamden

2011

Chris Willems

Wilbur Cross High School, New Haven

2012

Tyler Hoxley

East Hartford High School

2013

John Girard

Plainville High School

2014

2015

2016

2017

2019

2021

Holly Buckley

Valerie May

Leanne Nolan

Janet Belval

Erica Archambault

Kristina Gremski Ardito

East Lyme High School

Woodstock Academy

Plainville Highschool

South Windsor High School

Terryville High School

Sacred Heart Highschool, Hamden

 

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