Groton — Northeast Academy Arts Magnet School fifth grade teacher Ryan O’Connell is the epitome of why children look forward to going to school each day — and what parents look for in their child’s teacher, Principal Ryan Chaney said.
O’Connell makes learning fun, engaging and meaningful and really gets to know his students. He understands what makes them “tick” and works really hard to reach all of his students individually, Chaney said.
“He really truly fosters a love of learning for all kids,” Chaney added.
O’Connell was announced as Groton’s Teacher of the Year at Monday’s Board of Education meeting.
Chaney said in an interview held via Zoom that O’Connell stands out in how he inspires creativity in the classroom.
“It is true, focused engagement in his room and when you witness his instruction and the level of detail he puts into his craft, it comes…