FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- A Fairfield University instructor recently received adjunct teacher of the year honors.
Bridgeport's Dawn Pilotti was named the 2013 adjunct teacher of the year, according to a press release. Pilotti, a member of Fairfield’s Class of 1997 and a middle school teacher at St. Ann Academy in Bridgeport, will receive her honor this month.
“Her excellent teaching evaluations evince significant student learning in her courses, and her deep devotion to our students and our Jesuit mission was evident throughout her dossier,” said Mary Frances Malone, associate vice president for academic affairs at Fairfield, in the release.
Marice Rose, director of the art history program, pointed to Pilotti's "innovative teaching techniques, her engagement with the ‘big questions’, and her ability to foster a critical approach to art and culture among her students," according to the release.
Pilotti, who teaches math and social studies at St. Ann, was selected for "bringing programs such as National Park Service/National Geographic BioBlitz and Free the Children to the school, giving urban children opportunities they might not otherwise have," according to the release.
“Her students are learning how to serve the world and make a difference in the lives of others every day,” said Rose in the release. “These opportunities have changed how the children view their own studies, and have in turn changed the climate of the school to one where students are excited about learning.”
Last spring, Pilotti was invited to New Orleans as the adviser to the national youth ambassador for the National Park Service/National Geographic BioBlitz and also was nominated for a MAKERS Award during the past year.