Receiving the Presidential Award is an overwhelming honor, as well as an opportunity to recognize the many teachers, administrators and students who have formed me as a teacher. I am especially thankful to my students for continuing to teach me the precious value of awakening joy and creativity in the learner and for challenging me to bring out their best. This honor validates what a privilege it is to be part of a profession devoted to helping young people develop and reach their potential.
Richard Broggini has been teaching middle school science for 23 years, including 8th grade physical science for the past 19 years at Smith Middle School. In addition to holding high expectations and “stretching students’ thinking,” Richard brings passion to his classroom teaching. He makes science come alive for students by tapping into their capacity for joy and creativity, and by providing engaging activities that encourage deeper understanding and collaboration. Richard is known for his excellent rapport with students and for his ability to differentiate for all levels of learners. In 1997, Richard received the Ensign Bickford Science Teacher of the Year Award. For 15 years, he has devoted himself to coaching and volunteering for Unified/Special Olympics Sports. He produced an educational science music video released by Glastonbury Public Schools that features over 100 students demonstrating physics concepts through dance. Richard has also written a joke book for school. Richard earned a B.A. in English from Fairfield University and a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from New York Chiropractic College. Richard practiced as a chiropractic physician prior to entering education. He matriculated through the state of Connecticut’s Alternate Route to Teacher Certification. He is certified to teach elementary grades four through eight and biology grades 7–12.
- High-resolution version of the official portrait photograph
- Awardee holding Presidential certificate between Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Director, Dr. John P. Holdren, and Assistant Director, Directorate for Education and Human Resources, National Science Foundation, Dr. Joan Ferrini-Mundy.
- High-resolution version of the teacher profile photograph