School board recognizes 2022 teacher of the year Bill McDonough
MONROE, CT – A Masuk High School graduate, now studying computer science at the University of Massachusetts, says she owes everything to her former teacher, William “Bill” McDonough, Monroe’s 2022 Teacher of the Year.
In her appointment of McDonough, the student recalled her first day in her computer class at Masuk, looking around the class thinking, “It’s really not my thing. They’re all boys. I will feel left out. I have to drop this class.
She asked her advisor to drop the class, but McDonough then told her to give it a chance.
“Looking back, I’m so glad I did, because I would have missed a lot if I hadn’t,” she said. “With his support and constant motivation, not only was there a spark of interest in the IT field, but I gained a lot of self-confidence working in a predominantly male field. “
Superintendent of Schools Joseph Kobza shared this story while recognizing McDonough as Teacher of the Year at Monday night’s Board of Education meeting. It was an illustration of the positive ways McDonough touches the lives of his students.
“It is a pleasure for me to introduce Bill as we recognize him as our Teacher of the Year 2022,” Kobza said.
McDonough’s teaching career began as a math teacher at Masuk in 1993. Then, around 2005, he started working in Masuk’s career and technology education department as a computer science teacher. .
Kobza said McDonough “largely started our computer science program,” having written the syllabus for all of Masuk’s computer science courses, including computer science, programming, engineering, robotics, and games. , and two advanced placement courses.
“Bill complements and manages the Perkins grant each year for us, helping us use the funds to purchase advanced equipment for the entire CTE department,” Kobza said. “He is the current past president and treasurer of the Connecticut Technology Engineering Educators Association.”
“He also created Masuk’s VEX Robotics team about a decade ago and had made them one of the best clubs, not only in Masuk, but in the entire state, region and country,” said Kobza. “As one parent mentioned in his nomination, ‘when Masuk comes to a competition all the schools start to think that the best team has arrived.’”
Masuk’s robotics team currently has 102 students, who meet “most of the year” with three two-hour working sessions per week and eight to 12 competitions per year, followed by state, regional and national events at the end of the year, according to Kobza. .
“We are very happy to recognize Bill tonight,” he said.
State Representative Tony Scott, R-112th, presented a citation to McDonough on behalf of the Connecticut General Assembly, himself and Senators Kevin Kelly, R-21st, and Marilyn Moore, D-22nd.
“Congratulations on your teacher of the year award,” Scott said. “While my kids are in seventh grade at Jockey Hollow, I can’t wait for them to experience being part of the robotics team or having you as a teacher in the next few years.”
“We couldn’t be prouder,” President Donna Lane told McDonough. “You represent Monroe very well and we are grateful to have you on board and to be part of our team here.”