Sheena Marie Acosta-Frizzell has been selected as The United Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 Teacher of the Year. A fifth grade teacher at Charles E. Roderick Elementary School in Wrentham, Frizzell has been teaching at Roderick since 2007. She was awarded with a $1,000 check from Bristol County Savings Bank and will be celebrated at the Chamber’s Spotlight on Education Breakfast and will be nominated for the State Teacher of the Year award.
Frizzell was nominated by parent Katie Agnello whose daughter was in Frizzell’s class last year. In her nomination, Agnello writes “Miss Frizzell brings 125% of herself everyday to her classroom and obviously loves being a teacher and loves her students. And they love and respect her…She is every parent’s ideal teacher.” Agnello notes that Frizzell goes above and beyond by moderating a weekly afterschool book club and a weekly Morning Breakfast Club. She also planned a Movie Night and a weekend Freedom Train tour.
In her award application, Frizzell writes “I wake up every day excited to begin another adventure, knowing that I will have 20 or more eager faces and keen minds ready to explore. I do this, not for the money, the acknowledgment, nor the praise. I simply teach because that is what I am, a teacher.”
Frizzell earned a bachelor of science degree in education and is working towards a master’s degree. This year, Ms. Acosta-Frizzell earned a W.E.S.T. Grant which has enabled her to implement the first science laboratory in the Wrentham Elementary School System.
In a letter of support, Roderick School Principal Stephen S. Grenham writes “As the principal and the person responsible for evaluating the teachers within the building, I would unequivocally state that Ms. Acosta-Frizzell is one of the most extraordinary teachers that I have ever seen. She is a model teacher with a gregarious personality. Her outstanding leadership qualities make her an invaluable member of our school community.”
Frizzell will be honored May 23 at The United Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Spotlight on Education Breakfast at Lake Pearl Luciano’s. The breakfast will also celebrate the achievements of the top ten students from the school districts served by the Chamber as well as students who have earned scholarships distributed through the Chamber. Sponsors of the breakfast are Bristol County Savings Bank, Dean College, Wheaton College, Champagne and Bibeault, and Pediatric Dental Healthcare. The event will be professionally photographed courtesy of Andy Heller of Heller Photography. In addition to scholarships awarded through The United Regional Chamber of Commerce, Mansfield Bank will be presenting a scholarship. NCAS (National College Assistance Services) will also be presenting Unsung Hero Awards.
Pictured: Bristol County Savings Bank presented Sheena Acosta-Frizzell with a check for $1,000 for being named The United Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 Teacher of the Year.