Donna Spigarolo to be honored at educators’ breakfast

FSspigaroloDonna B. Spigarolo, special education teacher in the Fairfield Public Schools, is this year’s honoree for the Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice (CAPP) Educators’ Communion Breakfast. She has been selected by CAPP to receive the award at Sacred Heart University on Sunday, March 3.

Since 1988, Spigarolo has worked as a special education teacher and currently works at Roger Ludlowe Middle School. Prior to this, she was a religion teacher and director of religious education at the St. Thomas Aquinas parish in Fairfield and St. Rose parish in Newtown.

Spigarolo is also devoted a member of the Fairfield Education Association, the Connecticut Education Association and the National Education Association. She has also served Habitat for Humanity in the greater Bridgeport area as chairperson of the Partnering Committee, a member of the Speaker’s Bureau, the 15th anniversary chairperson, president of the 2000-01 board of directors and co-chair for the Hearts & Hammers Ball. She was on the board of directors for both Bridgeport Catholic Family & Social Services and the Thomas Merton House of Hospitality. She is an active member of St. Anthony’s of Padua Church in Fairfield.

Spigarolo received her master’s degree in religion and religious education from Fordham University, graduating with high honors. She has earned 60 credits beyond her master’s degree in graduate education courses from Fairfield University, Sacred Heart University and Southern Connecticut State University. She completed her bachelor’s degree in special education from Southern Connecticut State University.

“Donna Spigarolo was selected because of the passion and excellence she brings to her teaching,” said Bill Fox, president of the Fairfield County Chapter of CAPP. “She was chosen as much for her excellence as a classroom teacher as for her active community involvement. She exemplifies the principles of Catholic social teaching.”

For those interested in attending the CAPP Breakfast, call 203-396-8097 or register at sacredheart.edu/CAPP2013. The cost to register is $35 per person and a table of 10 is $300. Keynote speaker Michael J. James of the Boston College Roche Center for Catholic Education will discuss, “Education and the Art of Loving.”

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