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Weston Teacher Earns Innovation Award

WESTON, Conn. — Janis Larrabee , a second grade teacher at Hurlbutt Elementary School, is the 2011 recipient of the David Trigaux Innovation Award, the Weston Education Foundation announced.

In 2000, the foundation established the award for a teacher, nominated by his or her peers, who has demonstrated an unusual level of originality and dedication to creative teaching. Trigaux was a teacher, principal, program administrator, and from 1992 through 1999, superintendent of the Weston Schools. He was widely recognized for encouraging innovation in education and for his support of teachers who brought it to their classrooms. The award is designed to recognize individual accomplishment and celebrate it throughout the community. It is given to a teacher who has made a difference in the school community.

Janis Larrabee, who was nominated by the entire second grade team, brings innovation and creativity every day to her classroom and to her peers. A $2,000 check accompanies the certificate and may be used at the recipient's discretion. Past recipients of the award have been Amy Capalbo, Sydney Girardi, Geri Grocki, Mark Evans, Jean Bennett and Dave Eger.

The Weston Education Foundation is an all-volunteer 501c(3) organization that has raised money since 1994 to fund its three pillars: technology initiatives, teacher and curriculum development and community education. For more information about the foundation or to make a donation, contact Chairwoman Maria Kalivas at 203-984-3893 or at .

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