Colchester District Teacher of the Year
Jennifer Karcich, physical education teacher at the William J. Johnston Middle School in Colchester, has been named the district’s Teacher of the Year.
Mrs. Karcich has been a physical education teacher at the William J. Johnston
Middle School in Colchester for eighteen years. She received her Bachelor’s of Science from Eastern Connecticut State University in 1999 and her Masters of Education from Central Connecticut State University in 2009.
Jen is an active leader as the Safe School Climate specialist and the Positive
Behavior Interventions and Support Coach. She has been a girls’ cross-country coach
at Bacon Academy for eighteen seasons. She helped write the Carol B. White PEP
grant awarded to the district in 2003. This past spring she was selected as one of the first national cohort of teachers to be part of the No Barriers Global Impact Challenge team. In the fall, Jen is confident that the this challenge will give her middle school students the foundation for creating their very own social impact project that will benefit the school and community and hopes to enrich the lives of her students through life-changing experiences.
“Jen is the kind of teacher that new teachers aspire to be”, said William J. Johnston Middle School Principal Chris Bennett.
Jen was also selected as a 2017 Fund for Teachers Fellow which allowed her to tour iconic geographic sites across the United States this summer. Along with friend and colleague and their husbands, also educators, their goal was to integrate the rich history of these locations with engaging and challenging physical activities that will inspire students to become active learners within their own communities and beyond. When her students are motivated, she can use their momentum to make change. In the end they learn more deeply about complex questions and can solve real-world issues.
She lives in Deep River with her husband of sixteen years, Derek, her daughter Kaia, and son Braden.