Warren Harding High School, Bridgeport Public Schools
Sheena Graham is a product of the Ansonia, Connecticut Public Schools system, Western Connecticut State University, St. Joseph’s University and Southern Connecticut State University. She began teaching performing arts in 1983 and has spent the last 38 years educating students pre-K through 12th grade.
Her recording and writing experience includes original musicals, poetry, short stories, songs, and teaching tools for colleagues. In addition to locally, her works have been performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington and the White House. In her leadership role Sheena’s favorite workshops are “A Teacher’s Survival Kit,” “The Parent Teacher Connection,” and “Why We Sing.”
Sheena has received several awards over her career, including the Beard Excellence in Teaching Award, the Outstanding Teacher Recognition Award, the Phi Delta Kappa Educator’s Golden Apple Award and a Choral Director of Distinction Award. She was the 2019 Connecticut Teacher of the Year and also received the Teacher of the Year Award from: the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women and the NAACP. As a volunteer she works at the Agape Food Pantry and has accompanied choirs in Bridgeport, Ansonia and Danbury, where she directed WCSU’s Gospel Choir for four years. She was featured in the book, “Notable Valley African-Americans,” and is quoted as saying, “Do not let your image be designed by your inactivity.”