Jean Lewanda

In 1977, Jean came to Connecticut to start her teaching career at The American School for the Deaf, having received degrees from SUNY at Albany and NYU. After three years at ASD, she left to start a family, interpret for the deaf and teach American Sign Language. From 1985 to 1988 Jean was a part-time itinerant teacher of the hearing impaired for the preschool through high school population of the West Hartford Public Schools.

In 1988 Jean began teaching at Ben Bronz Academy. Ben Bronz was small, growing and an exciting place to work. New ideas for the instruction of students with learning disabilities were being developed on a daily basis. Jean’s role centered on the teaching of reading, Instrumental Enrichment, and oral language skills.

1999 was the beginning of a new career path which took Jean to the Simsbury Public Schools. For 12 years she was an elementary special education teacher at Squadron Line School. In 2006 she decided to pursue a Sixth Year Certificate in Reading at UCONN, which lead to her present position, since 2011, as Reading Teacher at Tariffville School.

Community activities Jean has participated in include being the Education Chair at the Farmington Valley Jewish Congregation, initiating the Books on the Bus for Project Choice students, working at the Community Garden at the Burgdorf Health Clinic, coordinating a book collection for the Burgdorf and most recently fund raising for Scarborough School in Houston after Hurricane Harvey.

Jean has been living in Farmington for 32 years with her husband, Doug. Her son, David, is a computer engineer and is the proud father of two children living in Central New Jersey. Her daughter, Cara, is an events coordinator with the Houston Astros. In their free time Doug and Jean enjoy cycling, hiking, traveling, genealogy and theater.