Colette Marie (Connolly) Bennett is delighted to be one of the education experts at ThoughCo.
She has 25 years of classroom experience in private and public school districts, grades 6-12, in both English Language Arts and Social Studies.
She is the proud mother of two Marine Corps Officers.
She reads. She writes....every day.
Colette Marie (Connolly) Bennett is the Curriculum Coordinator for Language Arts, Social Studies, Library Media, and Testing for the West Haven School District in Connecticut. She is a certified Literacy Specialist (K-12 ) with over 23 years of experience in the classroom, grades 6-12, teaching all levels of English Language Arts including classes that were college credited at the University of Connecticut.
She began teaching in 1993 after graduating from the Connecticut Alternate Route to Certification Program. Previous to her training as an educator, she served as the Director of Parks and Recreation for two Fairfield County municipalities.
She has presented how she uses technology in the classroom to improve reading and writing skills nationally and internationally at the Computer Educators of Connecticut (CECA) Conference, the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the Council on English Leadership (CEL), the Advanced Placement (AP) Conference, the Literacy for All Conference, and the International Educators of English Conference.
Wamogo High School-Regional School District 6, Litchfield, CT
Brookfield High School, Brookfield, CT
English Teacher- September 1999-June 2008
New Fairfield Middle School, New Fairfield, CT
Eighth Grade Teacher-Language Arts- September 1998-June 1999
St. Joseph School, Brookfield, CT
English Teacher September 1993– June 1998
Colette Marie Bennett holds degrees from Southern Connecticut State University (BS); Western Connecticut State University (MA-English); Sacred Heart University (CAS -Advanced Teaching). She is a certified administrator (092-CT) and has completed degree awarding coursework at Wesleyan University in their Graduate Liberal Studies Program in Social Studies. She has participated in the Connecticut Writing Project at Fairfield University.
Strategy: "I write to know what I think."
Educational Focus: "Stop teaching students how to read. Give them the time to choose a book and let them practice how to read."
Favorite Quote (right now): “The best moments in reading are when you come across something - a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things - that you’d thought special, particular to you. And here it is, set down by someone else, a person you’ve never met, maybe even someone long dead. And it’s as if a hand has come out, and taken yours.”
― Alan Bennett, The History Boys