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Brunetti Named New Teacher of the Year


Caroline Brunetti, a fourth grade teacher at Cedar Lane Elementary School, is the 2021-2022 Loudoun County Public Schools Elementary New Teacher of the Year.

The announcement was made Thursday, March 24, during a faculty meeting held at the school. 

“A win for one of us is a win for all of us,“ said Cedar Lane Principal Bob Marple in introducing representatives from LCPS’ Human Resources and Talent Development and Department of Instruction to present the award.

The award is presented to a first year elementary teacher for exhibiting superior instructional skills and fostering positive relationships with students and families. Nominations are submitted by LCPS employees and are then reviewed by a selection committee of administrators from all departments.

At the moment Brunetti was honored, her husband, Nick, entered the library carrying a bouquet of teacher-themed balloons to surprise her. Nick was invited to the event by Marple, who had been Nick’s dean back at Farmwell Station when Nick was in middle school.

HRTD Director Chris Bennett presented Caroline Brunetti with a plaque, while Supervisor of Mentoring and Coaching Julie Baye shared quotes about Caroline Brunetti written by her colleagues in the nomination packet:

“In her first year as a fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Brunetti has demonstrated excellent instructional skills, the poise of a veteran and the enthusiasm and energy that make her classroom a truly awesome place to be for each and every student she serves.

“Mrs. Brunetti is committed to the idea that ALL students flourish in an environment where high expectations are in place, trust is established and each student feels valued for the contributions they bring to the classroom.

“Mrs. Carolina Brunetti brings humor, kindness and a caring demeanor to her work. She exudes a true sense of selflessness and, through her commitment to service, she also has developed a strong servant leadership philosophy that is very much in alignment with our school’s focus on providing each student with a joyful learning experience.”

In her acceptance remarks, Brunetti thanked her mentor and teaching team. She noted that she is a first-generation college graduate and went to school at night after having two children. 

“I worked so hard to get this degree,” Brunetti said.

The ceremony closed with a standing ovation and was followed by a reception in the media center.

Published March 31, 2022