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Wendy Nelson Kauffman
2011 Teacher of the Year

Wendy Nelson Kauffman, is currently a social studies teacher at the Metropolitan Learning Center, a global and international studies magnet school in Bloomfield, CT.

Ms. Nelson Kauffman began her teaching career at Hamden High School in 1989 after working as a television reporter for four years. She left her TV job at WTNH in New Haven, Connecticut, after discovering the thrill of teaching while volunteering as an adult-education tutor. She is now in her eighth year at MLC and an advisor to the extracurricular group, “Student Abolitionists Stopping Slavery” which has spoken out against slavery in conferences around the globe, including Senegal and the United Nations. Ms. Nelson Kauffman is an active member of CREC’s Teaching American History grant and enjoys working at MLC as a TEAM mentor, 9th grade team leader, and IB personal project coordinator.

Her other accomplishments include being named Connecticut’s 2003 Teacher of the Year. In 2004 she was named the recipient of the Kidger Award from the New England History Teachers’ Association for teaching excellence and service to the profession. She also was recognized as Connecticut’s 2005 “Preserve American History” award recipient. 

Ms. Nelson Kauffman graduated with honors in 1983 from Dartmouth College and holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University, and a master’s degree in history and social studies from Southern Connecticut State University.



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