Joanne Jukins received recognition last night as a "Local Hero" by the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Connecticut.
A reception was held at the Governor's Mansion where Ms. Jukins was honored during an awards ceremony. Governor Rell made a surprise appearance and shared a moment with Ms. Jukins after the ceremony.
The Local Hero award is presented to teachers who exhibit tremendous dedication to their profession and outstanding efforts in servicing their schools and communities. To further recognize Ms. Jukins for her hard work, RMHC awarded a $500 grant to Macdonough School in her honor. During the presentation, Joanne was described "..As a learner who takes advantage of opportunities for new learning. As a a mentor, who shares knowledge with colleagues. As a model citizen, who is active in PTA events and rarely misses an evening school activity. Above all, as a superior teacher, who gives individual care to each of her students and creates an environment where her students can excel..."