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Award Notification:  Peter Arseneault (CT '15)

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Colchester, CT   |    Nov 12, 2015
Bacon Academy

Connecticut Milken Educator Award Goes to STEM Teacher Peter Arseneault

Peter Arseneault helps his students at Bacon Academy in Colchester, Connecticut, apply science and technology to the world around them. Arseneault’s classes build solar heaters, design energy-generating panels out of reclaimed materials, and maintain and repair teachers' and community members' cars.

Connecticut State Education Commissioner Dr. Dianna R. Wentzell noted that Arseneault's influence on his students reaches far into the future. "Peter Arseneault is the kind of teacher who not only prepares his students for the challenges of college and career, but also inspires them to think bigger about what they can accomplish in the world," Wentzell said. "He connects students with real-life learning opportunities that give them the skills and knowledge to pursue careers in high-tech fields that will bolster Connecticut’s economy and make our planet a greener place to live."

Arseneault's commitment to improving the school's college and career readiness is yielding tangible results: Over the past two years, Arseneault has grown Bacon Academy's auto tech program, and students have improved their scores dramatically on the state's career and technical education (CTE) assessment.

"One teacher during his or her career has the power to positively influence thousands of young people's lives," Dr. Jane Foley, senior vice president of the Milken Educator Awards, told the students, faculty and visitors gathered for the surprise assembly where Foley presented Arseneault with Connecticut's 2015-16 Milken Educator Award.

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  • Félicitations! A well-deserved honor !

    Posted by Madame Fox, 30/11/2015 7:39am (7 years ago)

  • What a pleasure to work with such an outstanding educator here at BACON America...great job ,Peter...thanks to Milken for recognizing him!

    Posted by Paula Berglund, 25/11/2015 7:07am (7 years ago)

  • Congratulations Pete. Hope this award finds you new energy and ideas for your students.

    Posted by Joseph D. Hochdorfer, 25/11/2015 6:32am (7 years ago)

  • Congratulations Peter! This is well deserved. You work so well with all of our students and offer real life experiences that they will never forget. And thanks for teaching them how to service my honda with 222000 miles on it :)

    Posted by Kellie Cirillo, 25/11/2015 5:11am (7 years ago)

  • I hope the honor of this has sunk in by now and you have been both humbled and motivated. Congratulations Pete.

    Posted by Joseph D. Hochdorfer, 25/11/2015 5:00am (7 years ago)

  • The Milken Educator Award couldn't have gone to a more humble, knowledgeable, dedicated, caring, life-long learner and inspirational teacher. Peter works hard to create a high quality, relevant, and cutting edge program to inspire students of all backgrounds. He is a true gift to Bacon Academy and the students of Colchester. His ever-positive attitude is an inspiration to us all and I am so proud to say I work with him! Congratulations Peter-- I always knew you were amazing!

    Posted by Cathy Maher, 25/11/2015 4:39am (7 years ago)

  • You're the man Pete!

    Posted by Charles Hewes, 24/11/2015 1:02pm (7 years ago)

  • I have always admired Peter's energy and hands-on approach to learning, especially for students who may be pursuing the trades---and many "lost arts". We are proud to have Peter be our first Milken Educator and tops in the nation, for sure

    Posted by Teri Schlosser, Bacon Academy math teacher, 24/11/2015 11:39am (7 years ago)

  • Congratulations Pete! We are so proud of your accomplishment. My family always knew what a wonderful, engaging teacher you are. You were such a mentor to Laura and such an encouragement to her as she entered predominantly male fields of study. So pleased others recognized what our family already knew about you!

    Posted by Kelly Hahn, 24/11/2015 11:39am (7 years ago)

  • So deserving!

    Posted by Laurie Lindsey, 24/11/2015 11:32am (7 years ago)

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