SDE: 2005 Connecticut Teacher of the Year

2005 Connecticut Teacher of the Year

Teacher of the Year

Burt Saxon

   About Burt
{2005 Teacher of the year burt saxon}
Hillhouse High School, New Haven, CT
Psychology and Social Studies Teacher

Burt with President Bush and First Lady

  {picture of 2005 teacher of the year burt saxon with george bush and wife}

About Burt
Dr. Burt Saxon has taught in the New Haven public school district since 1970, and has served on the faculty of Hillhouse High School for the past 25 years as a teacher of Advanced Placement Psychology and Advanced Placement United States History. He also teaches educational psychology part time at both Yale University and Southern Connecticut State University.

In addition to his teaching, Dr. Saxon is a freelance writer and has co-authored eight textbooks. He developed interests in psychological, sociological and anthropological approaches to education while working toward his doctorate in education at Teachers College of Columbia University.

The Connecticut Teacher of the Year is selected from among more than 48,000 public school teachers in Connecticut.

Acceptance Speech  [PDF] [DOC]

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

Content Last Modified on 3/2/2016 3:10:08 PM