LEARN Teacher of the Year: Erika Piver

LEARN Teacher of the Year: Erika Piver
Erika Piver, Teacher of the Year

Special Education Teacher Erika Piver knows that it takes great teamwork and patience to build rapport with the students in her care. She takes time to get to know each student and family to understand how to best instruct, motivate, and support learning.

“Each of our students are individuals and I do my best to give each of them the best all-around school experience I can,” said Piver, a longtime LEARN employee. The agency is a Regional Educational Service Center (RESC) that supports public school districts throughout southeastern Connecticut, including special education.   

Piver’s passion for teaching has left a good impression on her colleagues in Student Support Services, LEARN’s special education department. She was selected as SSS Teacher of the Year, in the process becoming her program’s nominee for top honors at all of LEARN.

At the agency’s convocation on Aug. 27, Piver was announced as the LEARN Teacher of the Year. She is the RESC’s nominee for statewide honors.

Piver, of Stonington, has grown professionally through LEARN. She said the agency supported her decision to become a special education teacher after she was first employed as an intervention specialist.

Her students inspire her and she takes great joy in the small victories she sees them make every day. Piver encourages them to never give up and works closely with her colleagues to help students maximize their abilities.

We have an amazing team of professionals that work every day to ensure all of our students are given the best education possible,” Piver said.

 Student Support Services Director Bridgette Gordon-Hickey said that Piver has a wonderful nature and is a model for learning, collaboration, and encourages her students to advocate for themselves.

“Erika fosters a learning environment that values friendships and diversity,” Gordon-Hickey said. “She transforms lives, seeks out opportunities to enrich families, and encourages everyone to grow and to reach their potentials.”

In addition to Student Support Services, most of LEARN’s magnet schools selected a Teacher of the Year. Each was peer-nominated for their dedication, passion, and devotion to educating and caring for their students. They are:

The Friendship School (Waterford): Diane Felty, pre-kindergarten

Riverside Magnet School at Goodwin College (East Hartford): Catherine Phillips, 3rd grade

Regional Multicultural Magnet School (New London): Kristin Gemaly, 4th/5th grade

Dual Language & Arts Magnet Middle School (Waterford): Britney Lisee, 6th grade

Marine Science Magnet High School (Groton): Anna Scott, school counselor

Connecticut River Academy at Goodwin College (East Hartford): Michelle Pac, math

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