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Stamford Historical Society Honors Educators

Annual Gala to take place April 16

Stamford, CT | Added on March 31, 2015 At 06:01 PM

Four Stamford educators will be recognized for their achievement at the Stamford Historical Society’s annual Educators of Excellence Gala on April 16 at the Italian Center. Kris Bria, Elizabeth “Sue” Cesare, Richard Harper and Pauline “Polly” Rauh will be honored for the level of leadership and inspiration they have shown in the field of education. 

Every year, the Stamford Historical Society showcases an exhibit highlighting an aspect of Stamford’s past. In October of 2014, "Stamford School Days: 1641-1971" opened to the public and the Historical Society was inspired to extend the exhibit theme to its annual fundraiser.

Dr. Polly Rauh and Dr. Richard Harper have both served in the Stamford public schools. Dr. Rauh is currently active on the Board of Education and was an elementary school principal at both Northeast and Roxbury schools. She also served on the Education Committee for the Board of Representatives. Dr. Harper spent many years as a Stamford Public Schools Social Studies Coordinator. Dr. Harper works as as Professor of Education at the University of Bridgeport and is currently Corresponding Secretary for the Stamford Historical Society.

Sue Cesare and Kris Bria are being celebrated for their work in the area of independent education. Cesare is an Accreditation Consultant for the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools (CAIS). However, she is best known in Stamford for her years as Head of King Low Heywood Thomas School, where she still volunteers. Bria has served as Head of The Long Ridge School for more than 25 years. She is respected for her ability to create a harmonious environment for students and faculty and for fostering an education experience that respects individual differences and encourages curiosity and creativity. Bria also serves on the CAIS Board of Directors and its Commission on Membership and Accreditation.

In addition to the four honorees, speakers at the event include Rick Redniss (President of Redniss & Mead, Inc.),  Doug Lyons (Executive Director of CAIS), Diane Drugge (retired Stamford English teacher), and Claire Friedlander (College Admissions Counselor and former Director of Guidance for Stamford Public Schools).

The Gala begins at 6 p.m. with drinks and appetizers followed by dinner. There will be an auction on items ranging from wine offerings to show tickets. Visit for tickets and more information or call 203-329-1183 with any questions.



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