Excellence in Teaching Award 2017 Recipients Announced

Superintendent Michael Richard is pleased to announce the five West Springfield Public Schools 2017 Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Award recipients:

 Andrew Bell - High School (WSHS Fine Arts)

Lynne Birks - EC-Grade 5 (Fausey Grade 5)

Brendan Landers - Middle School (WSMS English Language Learners)

Susan Messier - EC-Grade 5 (Cowing Alternative School Elementary Special Education)

Adrianna Lugo-Zayas - New Teacher (West Springfield High School Foreign Language/Spanish)

West Springfield Public Schools congratulates and applauds these outstanding educators for their service to our students and their contributions to the school community!   "Each of this year's recipients exemplifies what is excellent about our profession and the work that these individuals do is worthy of commendation," notes Superintendent Richard.  The educators will be celebrated at a banquet on May 3, 2017 at The Log Cabin. The banquet program will feature award presentations, a message about a remarkable local education project, and an inspiring teacher appreciation video starring Pioneer Valley students.

Since 2003, the Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Program has annually recognized outstanding teachers in Western Massachusetts for their impact on students, colleagues, and schools. The Excellence in Teaching Awards Program is made possible by the Harold Grinspoon Charitable foundation, the George A. and Irene E. Davis Foundation, and MassMutual Life Insurance Company. Said philanthropist Harold Grinspoon, “Nothing is dearer to my heart than educators.  Every teacher has that magic possibility of impacting the lives of children in very important ways.  Along with my funding partners at the Davis Foundation and MassMutual, I am thrilled to honor these talented local educators in 2017.”


Andrew Bell - WSHS Fine Arts

Lynne Birks - Fausey Grade 5

Brendan Landers - WSMS ELL

Susan Messier - Cowing Alternative School Elementary Special Education

Adrianna Lugo-Zayas - WSHS Foreign Language