The Board of Education recognized Minta White, Jeanne Wilson and Ella Bradford as “Hamden Heroes.”
Hamden High School Principal Nadine Gannon offered praise for all three members of the high school community, as she shared her own remarks and thoughts gathered from faculty and peers.
White, who has taught freshman biology at Hamden High since 2005, was lauded for her professionalism, impact on fellow staffers and the thorough nature of her classes and preparation. She said it was somewhat embarrassing to be named a “Hamden Hero”; she doesn’t consider herself a hero and would rather bestow that title to first responders. But it was a privilege to be recognized, she said.
“It’s humbling that they notice what you do every single day all day long,” White said.
Wilson, a math teacher at Hamden High, who plans to retire after the school year, was praised for her ability to develop a sense of community in the classroom, her consistently positive attitude and willingness to help others with her experience.
“It’s overwhelming (to be recognized),” Wilson said. “We do what we do because we love to do it.”
Bradford, a junior at Hamden High, was celebrated for her leadership, pleasant, enthusiastic demeanor and commitment to academics and athletics. She is planning to major in biology and math, Gannon said — but she will have an impact regardless.
“Whatever the major, I know Ella will make our world a better place,” Gannon said.
Bradford said she was pleased to be recognized, given the quality of her peers.
“I’m really happy. There are so many amazing people in the school,” Bradford said.
All three were celebrated by those in attendance with pictures, flowers and a round of applause.
Superintendent of Schools Jody Goeler said the Hamden Heroes program offers school board members the chance to hear about people doing good works in the school district, as they otherwise might escape their notice.