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Karen Fecko Named Glastonbury Teacher of the Year


Library Media Specialist Named Glastonbury's Teacher Of The Year
By GRACE E. MERRITT | Courant Staff Writer
September 25, 2008

GLASTONBURY — - A library media specialist described as "the heart and soul of the high school" has been named Glastonbury's teacher of the year.

Karen Fecko, an 18-year veteran of the library staff, was nominated for making the library welcoming and supportive and for her commitment to assisting students and faculty.

"One of the things I am most impressed by is [that] she cares deeply about our students, her staff and her work, and she finds small and large ways to show it every day," high school Principal Matthew Dunbar said.

For example, when Fecko became adviser for the Key Club, a student community service club, it had a couple dozen student members; now it has more than 300, and has become the largest student organization in the school and one of the largest high school Key Clubs in New England, Dunbar said.

Fecko is also known for leaving notes in teachers' mailboxes with suggested resources for their curriculum. She also identifies students who need an academic or emotional connection and follows through by seeking out their guidance counselors to inform them and ask how she might help. Among her accomplishments, Fecko has developed the summer reading program and brings authors to town.
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Contact Grace E. Merritt at [email protected].