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Unsung Hero #95

The Westport school district is filled with fantastic administrators. To a man (and woman), they go far beyond their job descriptions to give personal, authentic, honest and loving devotion to everyone in their buildings.

Particularly kids.

“06880” hates to single out any one principal or vice principal for special mention. So, while we honor Kevin Cazzetta — because the Greens Farms School head has been named Elementary School Principal of the Year (and will be honored at a dinner on May 2) — he symbolizes so much that is good about our district. Today’s Unsung Hero award goes to Mr. Cazzetta, and all his fellow school building administrators.

Kevin Cazzetta

The GFS lauds him for his “even-handed approach to addressing difficult situations, and his balanced perspective in considering everyone’s near- and long-term needs, while always maintaining a focus on what is best for the students and his staff.”

He is accessible and responsive. He meets with parents on any topic. He knows each child’s needs, and works hard to figure out how best to support them.

One specific example of his hands-on approach: When a tree was planted as a memorial at GFS, the principal watered it, and tended diligently to it.

He’s also the elementary school representative on the Community Advisory Committee, representing all 5 schools in analyzing options for the coming year.

This has been a tough year for students, staff, parents and administrators. Congratulations to Kevin Cazzetta, and all his colleagues, for all they’ve done to keep all our schools on top of their game.

(To nominate an Unsung Hero, email dwoog@optonline.net)

We’ve Got #1. Twice.

It’s a fantastic honor for an educator to be named Connecticut’s Best of the Year.

It’s almost unheard of for 2 from the same district to earn those honors in the same year.

But that happened last night. Dr. Elliott Landon was feted as Superintendent of the Year, and John Dodig was cited as High School Principal of the Year. The awards were presented by the Connecticut PTA.

A large crowd of fellow educators and Board of Education members was on hand in Milford for the twin honors — perhaps a first in Connecticut history.

Both men praised the town, school system and PTAs for their roles in the awards.

It takes a village to raise a child — but a village also needs leaders. How nice that the Connecticut PTA has recognized ours.

First Selectman Jim Marpe, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Elliott Landon and Staples High School principal John Dodig at last night's dinner. (Photo/Jim Honeycutt)

First Selectman Jim Marpe, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Elliott Landon and Staples High School principal John Dodig at last night’s dinner. (Photo/Jim Honeycutt)