Connecticut’s 2014 Teacher of Year from West Hartford

MastroianniWEST HARTFORD — John F. Mastroianni, a music teacher and band director at Hall High School was named Tuesday as Connecticut’s 2014 Teacher of the Year.

The announcement came at the school by Commissioner of Education Stefan Pryor and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

Mastroianni was chosen from among four finalists, 15 semifinalists, and over 100 district-level Teachers of the Year.  A statewide council of former Teachers of the Year and representatives from educational organizations, businesses, and the community conducted the rigorous selection process, which includes on-site visits, candidate applications, interviews, and observations of teaching, state officials said.

A  critically acclaimed saxophonist, composer, and arranger Mastroianni once taught at Central High School in Bridgeport and New Canaan High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Bridgeport. In addition to teaching, he has performed, toured, or recorded with dozens of mucisians, several symphony orchestras and on Broadway.  He also performs with his own quartet and leads his own 16-piece jazz orchestra for which he composes and arranges music.  He has three recordings as a bandleader—Cookin’ On All Burners (Stash), The Time Being (Jazz Alliance), and Live at the Silvermine (Jazzheads)—that have all earned him critical acclaim.

As Connecticut’s Teacher of the Year, Mr. Mastroianni will travel to Washington, D.C., in the spring and becomes Connecticut’s representative for National Teacher of the Year, whom the president will select in late March and honor in April 2014.


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Linda Lambeck