Karen M. Rezendes
Alternative Center for Education
26 Locust Avenue
Danbury, CT 06810

English, 9–12

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1) What is one thing that needs to change in order to keep quality teachers in the profession?

Did you have a mentor who was particularly effective and supportive in shaping you as a teacher?


Karen M. Rezendes, 2001
State Teacher of the Year, Connecticut
Karen Rezendes followed her passion and began her teaching career in 1973 at New Fairfield High School. From 1974 through 1984, she taught ninth grade English at Rogers Park Junior High School, an open-space program in Danbury. In June of 1984, Karen joined the staff of the Alternative Center for Education, a site-based managed school of choice. At ACE, she was empowered to design new courses, to write grants, to implement school improvement ideas and to offer professional development workshops for teachers. Recognized by Who's Who in American Education, Karen is a passionate writer who was named Connecticut Poet of the Year in 1986 by the Connecticut Council of Teachers of English and was published in the journal of the New England Association of Teachers of English. Among this dream dealer's other passions are reading, traveling, bicycling, kayaking, teaching aerobics, writing poetry, and spending time with her husband Tom and her family.  

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