A physics instructor at Stratford's Bunnell High School is Connecticut's new 2011 Teacher of the Year.
Kristen Ann Record was honored during Connecticut Education Commissioner Mark McQuillan's surprise announcement Wednesday at the school.
Record, a onetime research scientist, is the daughter of two public school teachers and has taught at Bunnell High for a decade.
She's also done research at Harvard University and the National Renewable Energy Academies in Golden, Colo.
She serves as senior class advisor, Physics Olympics Team Advisor, a member of the school scholarship committee, and is a mentor at Fairfield University’s Ignatian Residential College. She is also an accomplished member of the Mendelssohn Choir of CT, a community choir in Fairfield County.
Of all her accomplishments, Record says she most enjoys hearing from former students who keep her up-to-date on their progress in college and beyond as future scientists and teachers.
“The greatest reward in my profession is knowing I have made a difference in my students’ lives. As a teacher, you never truly know where your influence will end,” she said.
Record was picked from more than 50,000 public school educators in Connecticut and will travel next spring to Washington D.C., to meet President Obama.