SOUTHINGTON EDUCATION FOUNDATION, INC.
Instilling a love of learning.
Gail Duffy, Co-Chair
Gail is a lifelong Southington resident who graduated from Southington High School.
She is currently a Literacy/SRBI Coordinator in Plymouth, CT. She also taught elementary school for 14 years and served as a reading and math specialist for four years in Cheshire. She holds a Bachelorís degree in Accounting and Finance from Albertus Magnus College, an elementary teaching certificate from University of Saint Joseph, and a Masterís degree from University of Scranton in Educational Leadership.
Gail formerly served as the secretary of the Saint Dominic School Board and is an active member of the Saint Dominic church community. She also is a member of the Connecticut Reading Association and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
Presently, Gail resides in Southington with her husband and one of their three sons. Gailís two older sons graduated from Southington High School and their youngest son currently attends Southington High School.
Michelle LeBrun-Griffin, Co-Chair
Michelle has been a Consultant for the State Education Resource Center (SERC) since 1999. She was a pioneer in the development and implementation of CTís SRBI Framework in collaboration with the SDE. She facilitated the work of the SRBI Advisory Panel convened by the Commissioner of Education in 2006, was a contributing author for CTís SRBI document published in 2008, and was recognized as a Lead Trainer for SRBI by the SDE in 2010. In this role, she partnered with the SPS to provide technical assistance at the middle and high school levels. Currently, Michelle coordinates CTís State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG) and is responsible for the provision of high quality professional development to over 75 schools, PreK-12, across the state as they strive to establish a multi-tiered system of academic and behavioral supports for all students.
Michelle earned her bachelorís degree in education and her masterís degree in special education from SCSU. As a product of Southington schools herself, Michelle plays an active role in her childrenís education and extra-curricular activities. You may see her at various ball-fields throughout all three seasons as she and her husband strive to raise their daughter at the high school, oldest son at the middle school, and youngest son at the elementary level to be well-rounded, life-long learners.
Michelle lives by the quote, ďLet your life speak.Ē As an altruistic leader, she has contributed her time and talent to the Southington community as a Big Sister for the Big Brother, Big Sister Program; as a Committee Member for Relay for Life; as a Religious Education Teacher and Confirmation Mentor for Saint Dominicís Parish; as a Volunteer for Kristinís Closet; as a Cast Member of Saint Thomasí Passion Play; as an Outings Coordinator for Cub Scout Pack 72; and as an active supporter of STEPs. She believes strongly in SEFs mission to enrich the educational experiences offered by SPS and is honored and excited to serve on the Board of Directors.
Paula Knight, Vice-President
BS Elementary Education, Preschool Concentration, MS, Art Education, Art Therapy Concentration
Working in the field of Education has been a life long passion for Paula. Dedicating thirty-seven years immersed in leading children through their own personal educational journey has been a privilege. Paulaís experiences range from preschool learners through the elementary grades. This tenure is complemented with regular classroom and the special area instruction.
Seven years of her career focused in the regular classroom concentrating in the personal and educational growth of children. The remaining twenty-eight years were focused on guiding learners from the ages of five to eleven years of age to challenge their critical and creative thinking to a depth and breadth commensurate with their accelerated learning capabilities.
Paulaís personal educational foundations start with a BS in Elementary Education, concentrating in Early Childhood Education from the Western Connecticut University, a Masters in Art Education concentrating in Art Therapy from Central Connecticut University. She continued postgraduate work in Gifted and Talented at University of Connecticut through the NEAG Education summer Confratute program, completing four summers of conference work.
Work in the area of Gifted and Talented continued outside the classroom as a guest speaker at parent seminars, teacher professional development, consulting for district professional development in New England and abroad.
The privilege of working with this unique learning population is an exhilarating adventure. Their nimble minds present an open pallet ready to be challenged and create pathways to new learning opportunities. The wonderment in learning is filled with possibilities.
George Fournier, Treasurer
George is a lifelong resident of Southington where resides there with his wife Maria. They have one son and grandson.
George has devoted his entire 50 Year career to manufacturing and is the Vice President of Engineering at Acme-Monaco Corporation in in New Britain, Connecticut.
George is on the Executive Boards of:
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Georgeís Main interest is in promoting student Interest in Technical Programs for the future of manufacturing in the state of Connecticut.
Jerry Belanger, Executive Committee Member
Jerry has been an educational advocate for many years. He served two years as PTA president at North Center and from 1996 to 2003 he was involved with the Southington Parent-Teacher Council, serving as a member, Vice-President and President. During this period, he served as ex-officio member of the School Systemís Redistricting committee, was a member of the advisory committee which interviewed candidates for the position of Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Learning, and served on the School Improvement Council at Southington High School.
Jerry is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Connecticut State PTA, where he was honored with both the Elaine Boulay Award for Outstanding Service as well as an Honorary Life Membership Award. He was also a member of the Nutmeg Statewide PTA, where he received the 11th Annual Distinguished Leadership Citation for Outstanding Service. While his daughters were part of the Southington Blue Knights Marching Band, he served as Publicity Coordinator and Webmaster for the Southington Band Backers. In addition, Jerry served as a judge for the Miss Hometown, Miss Nutmeg and Miss Watertown Pageants.
Jerry was a Southington Board of Education board member from 2003-07 and was also a member of the Plantsville/South End Schools Building Committee. He served on the Town of Southington Energy Committee and currently serves on the Southington Democratic Town Committee, and has served as a Board Member for the Southington Education Foundation since its inception. He also serves as a Board Member for the Capitol Region Education Council (CREC) Foundation.
A 1976 graduate of Watertown High School, Jerry and his wife Martha moved to Southington in 1989 and raised two daughters, Maegan and Jocelyn who both attended and graduated from Southington Public Schools. Jerry has been employed in various technology roles at The Institute of Living, Hartford Hospital and Hartford HealthCare since 1978, and is currently a Senior Web Developer with the Web Strategy team. Jerry also volunteers his time with Hartford Hospital's United Way campaign, and in 2013 he was selected as a finalist for Hartford Hospital's ďEmployee of the YearĒ.
Kelley Nolan-Maccione, Executive Committee Member
Kelley Nolan-Maccione is Vice President, Product Design and Execution, UnitedHealthcare Commercial Group. Kelley has been in the healthcare industry for over 14 years focusing on developing and managing products and services aimed at helping individuals live healthier lives. In this role, Kelley has responsibility for the clinical, pharmacy, incentive, consumer engagement, advocacy and behavioral products on a national basis.
Kelley joined UHC in 2004 and has held various product roles during her tenure. Prior to her position at UnitedHealthcare, she was Assistant Vice president, Strategy, Product and Marketing, at CIGNA Healthcare. She also held various positions at GE Capital. Kelley graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor's degree in English and Economics. She also received her Master's degree in Economics from the University of Connecticut.
Kelley is very involved in her community. She was an inaugural Executive Director of the Southington Education Foundation., where she previously served as secretary and led the fundraising activities including the creation of the Fan of the Foundation Gala. She is actively involved in Asthma and Allergy awareness as well as working to end hunger in her community. Kelley is an active supporter of Unified Theatre and Sports, the Special Olympics, and Southington Town-wide Effort to Promote Success (STEPS). Previous volunteer activity includes Kelley School PTO, Chairperson for Read Across America and more. She resides in Southington with her husband, Jason Maccione, and their 2 children.
Joyce McAloon, Executive Committee Member
Joyce McAloon has been a resident of Southington since 1977, along with her husband and 3 sons. She has been involved in many organizations over the years.
Joyce has been a teacher since 1973 and has worked for our school system since 1984. She has taught grades from 2nd to 6th. She has worked in all of the schools while substituting but has had permanent positions in Hatton and Flanders Schools. She has been at Flanders for the last 23 years and is teaching Grade 5 and is a member of their PTO. Joyce has been on many committees throughout her career as a teacher for our school system. She has worked on all of the curriculum committees as a curriculum writer, presenter for Professional Development, and grade level supporter. Other committees she has worked on include the Veterans Committee, Professional Development, STEM, and STEPS to name a few. She has been awarded Walmart Teacher of the Year as well as Connecticut Elementary Science Teacher of the Year for her educational contributions,
Joyce is involved with our community as well. As a teacher, she is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa Organization which is an International Womenís Teacher Organization. She has held positions in her local chapter as President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Membership Chairman. On the State Level, Joyce has held the following positions: President-elect, Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, Historian and President of Presidentsí Council. Joyce will become State President for the biennium of 2018-2020 and has been awarded the Presidentís Award for 2017 for outstanding work for this organization. On the Regional Level, Joyce held positions as Recording Secretary and Conference Booklet Chairman. On the International Level, Joyce was on the Balloting Committee.
In our Town, Joyce serves on the School-wide committee for Veterans, Along with the local veterans and our school system, this committee works hand and hand to promote awareness for our Veterans locally and nationally through school programs and visitations to our schools by Southingtonís own Veterans.
Being a cancer survivor, Joyce has been involved with Relay For Life of Southington. She has chaired this event individually or with a co-chair since 2008. Joyce continues to works with community members to find a cure for Cancer.
In earlier years, Joyce had been involved with St. Dominicís church by teaching Religious Instructions and volunteering at their Apple Harvest Booth; Kelley School as a parent as well as a PTO Officer, Boy Scout Cub Master for a den and head Boy Scout leader for the school and at Hatton School she was a teacher and PTO member.