French teacher Shery Bober received a standing ovation as her name was announced Thursday evening as West Hartford's 2012 Teacher of the Year. The decision was revealed at the West Hartford Education Association/West Hartford Administrators' Association 52nd Annual Recognition Dinner held at the Farmington Club.
Bober said she was inspired as a student by her own French teacher. "This is what I want to do," she recalled thinking at the time.
"I am living my dream," Bober said as she accepted the honor of 2012 Teacher of the Year.
Bober began her affiliation with the West Hartford Public Schools as a volunteer, and has been teaching French at Norfeldt since 1996. She is credited with creating the K-5 French curriculum when Norfeldt became a magnet school, and is administrator of "Le Grand Concours," the French National Contest of the American Association of Teachers of French. Bober has been a recipient of the Jane Graveen Award-COLT (Connecticut Organization of Language Teachers), a statewide honor which recognizes excellence in foreign language instruction in the elementary schools. She is also the advisor to Norfeldt's French Club.
Bober has a BA in French and an MA in Linguistics/TESOL from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.