Berlin Teacher to Be Inducted into National Teacher Hall of Fame


Berlin Superintendent Brian Benigni, Education Commissioner Dianna Wentzell, National Teacher Hall of Fame representative and Joel Barlow High School teacher Christopher Poulos, and CEA President Jeff Leake congratulate David Bosso on his induction into the National Teacher Hall of Fame.


April 2, 2019

Teachers are a selfless group who choose their profession because of a love for children and teaching, not for any expectation of accolades or honors. And that makes those times teachers are recognized and have a chance to be in the spotlight all the more special.

Berlin social studies teacher Dr. David Bosso had a student finishing a quiz at the end of the school day today and was afraid he was going to be late for a faculty meeting. When he arrived just in time he was surprised to see his colleagues joined by a number of special guests, and to learn that what he thought was a routine meeting was in fact a celebration in his honor.

Bosso, Connecticut's 2012 Teacher of the Year, is one of only five 2019 inductees into the National Teacher Hall of Fame.

The National Teacher Hall of Fame annually recognizes five preK-12 teachers and strives to "recognize and honor exceptional career teachers, encourage excellence in teaching, and preserve the rich heritage of the teaching profession in the United States."

"If you have a chance to work with Dr. Bosso, you know that those last words could not represent who he is at his core any better," said Berlin High English teacher Katie Amenta, a former student of Bosso's. "Dave, you tirelessly serve educators, near and far, and we at Berlin High School are so lucky to call you ours."


"Dave is an exemplary teacher leader who has been an inspiration for his colleagues, for teachers across the state, and for aspiring educators in our teacher prep programs," said CEA President Jeff Leake. "He truly deserves this terrific honor."

Bosso, who grew up in Berlin and attended Berlin High School as a student, is the fourth teacher in Connecticut history to be inducted into the National Teacher Hall of Fame.

Joel Barlow High School teacher Christopher Poulos, who nominated Bosso for the award, called Bosso "an outstanding person and a remarkable human being."

Poulos said, "Dave loves teaching and learning, and feels that growth is made when children learn from mistakes."

Connecticut's 2012 Teacher of the Year David Bosso will be inducted into the National Teacher Hall of Fame this June.

"Your contributions to our profession and our field are so numerous," Education Commissioner Dianna Wentzell told Bosso. "David is not one to sit on the sidelines. He's traveled the whole world representing Connecticut and American public education. He strives for global understanding and brings that back for his students."

"I still don't feel I'm the best teacher in my house," said Bosso, whose wife Jennifer teaches math at Berlin High. "And I'm humbled to be in a room with so many incredible educators that I have the honor of working with every day. This recognition would not be possible without many of the people in this room"

Bosso will be formally inducted in the Hall of Fame, located in Emporia, Kansas, this June, and will be honored in May in D.C. at a recognition event hosted by the National Education Association.

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