Housatonic Community College Early Childhood Laboratory School
teacher Karen Papacoda has been named Outstanding Teacher of the Year by
the Connecticut Association for the Education of Young Children
Papacoda has dedicated 43 years to the field of early childhood education, 17 of them with the HCC Lab School.
“The CAEYC award recognizes the critical difference an outstanding
teacher can make in the life of a child,” said Heidi Szobota, lab school
Papacoda holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in early childhood
education from Southern Connecticut State University, as well as a
Connecticut certification for pre-kindergarten through sixth grade.