SDE: 2004 Connecticut Teacher of the Year

2004 Connecticut Teacher of the Year

Teacher of the Year

William P. Davenport

Ellis Clark Regional Agriculture Center
Nonnewaug High School, Woodbury, CT
Agri-Science/Technology Teacher and FFA Advisor

About William

William P. Davenport is an agri-science teacher at Nonnewaug High School in Regional School District #14, Woodbury where he has taught animal science, plant science and agricultural mechanics.

In his 18 years of teaching Mr. Davenport has been the Woodbury FFA Advisor for 17 years. As the advisor to this co-curricular leadership development portion of the agri-science program, he has coached his chapter to many local, state and national awards. During his tenure he has coached 52 judging teams to state championships with over 200 individual students competing at the national level. In 1997, one of his teams placed second in the country, while in 1999 and 2000, teams placed first and second.

Aside from the team event, Mr. Davenport has helped 15 students achieve National Finalist status in the FFA Proficiency Award program based on their supervised work experiences. Four of these students went on to become National winners. A highlight of his teaching career happened last fall when an unprecedented, 11 judging teams were sent to the National FFA Conference and Competition in Louisville, Kentucky. This fall, the Nonnewaug FFA Chapter will be featured in a PBS documentary special to be aired across the United States.

Mr. Davenport served as the President of the Connecticut Association of Agriculture Educators for five years. He also has served on numerous National FFA committees and has presented at four National Agriculture Educators conferences. In Woodbury he participated in numerous school-based committees as well as the Nonnewaug High School NEASC steering committee. Mr. Davenport also guided the development of the Woodbury FFA Alumni and Parent Support Group which has grown from two initial parents to over 200 members.

Mr. Davenport lives in Litchfield with his wife Jill and two daughters, Megan and Allison

Acceptance Speech - PDF  [speech]

Duties of the Connecticut Teacher of the Year

The Connecticut Teacher of the Year and Teacher of the Year finalists serve as teacher-ambassadors for public education. They are appointed to various education advisory committees and become consultants to the Commissioner of Education. They present workshops; speak at education conferences and meetings; address student, civic, college and university, and governmental groups; and operate special programs in accordance with their interests and expertise. The Connecticut Teacher of the Year also represents the state at the national level - participating in national educational forums, National State Teacher of the Year Program planning and networking sessions, and U.S. Department of Education meetings.  


Kim Wachtelhausen
State Coordinator
Connecticut Teacher of the Year Program
Bureau of Leadership Development, Equity and Excellence - Talent Office
Phone: (860) 713-6841 

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