The Granby Public Schools proudly announced Dr. Heidi MacDonald as the 2019-2020 Teacher of the Year during closing ceremonies on June 14. To help celebrate her achievement and contributions to Granby students, she was joined on stage by her husband Scott and daughter Lyric. MacDonald, currently the school psychologist at Wells Road Intermediate School, makes every effort to build relationships with all students at Wells Road. A dedicated member of Granby’s learning community for the past 15 years, she continues to make a difference in the community every day. MacDonald fills Wells Road with positive energy and provides major support for students, staff and families.
Jennifer Miller, a Wells Road colleague, described MacDonald as “An innovative and talented professional who always seeks out the best opportunity for kids and supports colleagues so they, in turn, can do what is best for kids. She is an inspiration!” MacDonald’s smile, school spirit, and reputation for sporting a whimsical t-shirt or costume when least expected, are hallmarks of her joy and dedication.
MacDonald works very closely with a subset of the Wells Road population. However, she also makes a every effort to get to know all of the students at Wells Road Intermediate School. To start the year, Heidi spends time with each student individually to make sure all are feeling supported and connected to the school.
Her room attracts many visitors. This may be partially attributed to Myrtle the guinea pig, a calming force who adores students and the healthy snacks they provide throughout the day. MacDonald is also part of the drama club production team and leader of the environmental and sign language clubs. She has also been known to facilitate amazing learning clusters as part of the Schoolwide Enrichment Model.
MacDonald is an educator who builds relationships that transcend Wells Road Intermediate School. It is not uncommon for her to receive calls, visits, and invitations to share in the celebrations and achievements of former students. Her interactions with students form trusting relationships that last a lifetime.
As Granby’s Teacher of the Year, we look forward to Heidi’s recognition at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in November, along with all other Teacher of the Year recipients from Connecticut towns.