SDE: 2006 Connecticut Teacher of the Year

2006 Connecticut Teacher of the Year

Teacher of the Year

Mary Kay Rendock

Carmen Arace Intermediate School, Bloomfield, CT

About Mary Kay - Mary Kay with President Bush and First Lady

Community service, or service learning as it’s now known, is a very important part of her teaching. Mary Kay believes it is crucial to teach children life lessons, such as generosity and empathy, as well as teaching the academic curriculum. For the past two years, she has held an Alex’s Lemonade Stand raising money for pediatric cancer research. She has been the Captain of her school’s Light the Night team in a walk benefiting the Leukemia Lymphoma Society since 2000, with the total donations for her team approaching $10,000. For the last 6 years she has led the 5th graders in their Annual Penny Wars to buy turkeys at Thanksgiving for FOODSHARE.

Mary Kay achieved her Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from Becker Junior College in 1983, her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Eastern Connecticut University, 1985, and a Masters of Science Degree in Educational Technology and Media from Central Connecticut State University, 1996.

Mary Kay is a life long resident of Windsor where she lives with Doug, her husband of 16 years, and her two children, David, 11 and Kathryn, 9. She is an avid Red Sox fan and never misses an opportunity to use baseball to teach a lesson. Mary Kay also coaches a girl’s travel soccer team and has coached girl’s softball for many years. She has been very involved with the Windsor Shad Derby Festival as chairman of the Queen’s Committee for 5 of the last 8 years.

Acceptance Speech [PDF]

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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