2019 Teacher of the Year:
Sheena Graham is a product of Ansonia, Connecticut Public Schools, WCSU, St. Joseph University, and SCSU. Graham started her teaching career in March of 1983 while writing original musicals and creating teaching tools for colleagues. Graham has led workshops in music literacy, connecting parents and teachers, and music in ministry. She volunteered as an accompanist for many local choirs and in Danbury, CT where she directed the WCSU Gospel Choir.
Graham’s recording and writing experience is extensive. Her original works have been performed locally and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. (“We Can If We Believe,” March of 2018,) and the White House (“My Destiny,” February 2014) (“It’s Not How You Start,” May 2016). Topics include dealing with teen years, coping with tragedy, breast cancer and not allowing our circumstances to define our destiny.
Her current projects include: “Maybe’s Won’t Save Me” for Bully/Teen Suicide Prevention and “It’s Time For Change,” a call to action for America in response to the senseless shootings involving police and of police.
In the future she hopes to continue working to implement projects such as “V.O.I.C.E. Change,” a course to encourage students to find their passion and t using an artistic medium, to encourage change; and publishing original poetry, journals, greeting cards, and children's stories.
Among many accomplishments, Sheena has been featured in the book, “Notable Valley African Americans,” received the Beard Excellence in Teaching Award, the Choral Director of Distinction Award, National Association of Negro Business Professional Women Teacher of the Year Award, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Teacher of the Year Award. Graham is the 1995 Bridgeport Public Schools Teacher of the Year and 2019 Connecticut Teacher of the Year.
Graham teaches choir at Warren Harding High School in Bridgeport, Connecticut. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Western Connecticut State University and a Masters of Science in Education from St. Joseph’s College.