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Member Spotlight: Paul Kulikowski
September 26, 2018
A lifelong resident of Connecticut, Paul Kulikowski taught Art in the Simsbury Public Schools for 35 years, with most of those years spent teaching at the middle school level, before he retired in 2013. Since his retirement, he has been working part time as the Supervisor for Simsbury's evening Adult Education Program, where he administers a program that helps adults succeed in improving basic skills, earning a GED, gaining American Citizenship, or learning the English language. He holds Bachelor's, Master's, 6th Year and 7th year degrees in Art Education from Central Connecticut State University, and is certified by the State Department of Education in teaching Art grades K-12, as well as Non-Credit Adult Education.
During his teaching career Paul was an active leader in the Simsbury Education Association, and active in CEA and NEA. He served in many leadership roles in Simsbury's SEA, including Co-President, Co-Negotiations Chair, Grievance Chair,Insurance Liaison, Building Rep, and many town-wide sub committees. He also served on many CEA committees over the years, including CEA's Judicial Review Board, and the CEA Retirement Committee, and he is a recipient of CEA's "Above and Beyond the Call of Duty Award". For several years he was the Eastern Region contact for the NEA Peace and Justice Caucus, and over the years he was elected to attend countless CEA and NEA Representative Assemblies, where he never shied away from a microphone to fight for the rights of teachers, the strength of our Union, and the future of public education.
As an Art educator, Paul was active in his State art association, the Connecticut Art Education Association (CAEA). There he served as Co-President, Advocacy Chair, and Scholastic Arts Committee member.He is a past member of the Connecticut Arts Literacy Task Force. As a retired teacher, Paul still remains active in art education politics, and continues to be a vocal advocate for strong and viable art programs in our schools. He instituted and continues to facilitate an annual program that brings framed student artwork into legislative committee rooms at the State's Legislative Office Building, working with lobbyists and legislators to increase awareness of the importance of art education for all Connecticut's students.
In 1997 Paul was named Connecticut Art Educator of the Year, and in 1998 he was given the National Art Education Association's Connecticut Art Educator Award. That same year he was awarded Simsbury's prestigious Elliot P. Dodge Education Award. In 2007, he was named Simsbury Teacher of the Year.
Since 2005 Paul has traveled to New Orleans many times to volunteer with the cleanup efforts after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. He has presented an original photographic exhibit, Honoring New Orleans, at many venues around Connecticut to help raise public awareness and funds for New Orleans charities. In 2007 he was awarded a grant from The Philanthropic Initiative in Boston to live in New Orleans for one month, creating sketches for paintings, taking additional photographs of his favorite city, and researching the effects of the hurricane on the art community there. He presented the results of his grant work as part of the Artist Renewal Program of The Philanthropic Initiative. In his retirement, Paul still takes frequent trips to "NOLA" to enjoy everything his favorite city has to offer!
After being diagnosed with cancer and beginning chemotherapy in January of 2007, Paul has not slowed down. Even after more than eleven years of ongoing treatments, he continues to live life to the fullestâ€¦painting, taking photographs, exhibiting his artwork in local galleries, traveling, and enjoying all the things he always has. He says, "Retirement is great! There are so many opportunities out there for lifelong learning... I just have to schedule things around my bi-weekly chemotherapy treatments...no big deal. I refuse to let cancer define who I amâ€¦instead I am learning from it, accepting all the challenges, navigating the bumps in the road, and growing as a person each and every day".
In his retirement, Paul continues to be an active voice in the state's art community, a life member of CEA-Retired, and an outspoken advocate for public education and teacher unions. He continues to discover the world (and himself) through reading, travel, painting, photography, quiet times in the woods, and crazy times with good friends!
There are those, including current U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who argue that spending more on public education doesn't lead to better outcomes. School finance expert and Rutgers Professor Bruce Baker begs to differ, and he has research to back his position up.
Teachers are a selfless group who choose their profession because of a love for children and teaching, not for any expectation of accolades or honors. And that makes those times teachers are recognized and have a chance to be in the spotlight all the more special.
Once again, the Connecticut Education Foundation's Board of Directors invites you to support the Children's Fund by joining Association members and CEA staff at the 25th Annual Hands Across the Green Golf Tournament on Monday, July 15.
Teachers have a lot to say on issues from their pensions to classroom safety this legislative session, which is why local associations around Connecticut are meeting with their legislators and making their voices heard.
Speaking to hundreds of students at Harding High School in Bridgeport today, Governor Ned Lamont encouraged his audience to pursue a career in teaching and be role models for the next generation of students.
Wearing #RedForEd T-shirts, several hundred Waterbury teachers showed their strength as a union, their dedication to their profession, and their value to the community they serve when they packed a March 7 Waterbury Board of Education meeting.
Community schools, minority teacher recruitment and retention, the opportunity gap, and school literacy were just some of the issues members of the legislature's Education Committee heard public input.
"Our students would only benefit from having more opportunities to learn about the culture, struggles, and contributions of African-Americans and Latinos throughout history," Waterbury teacher Sean Mosley told the legislature's Education Committee
"Teachers become teachers because we want to help kids," says Danbury building rep Lori Woodruff. "It's the same with our union—we are here to help each other. As teachers, when we're involved with the union we can do more to help one another."
Connecticut Education Foundation's (CEF) second annual Read Across America Reading Bus Tour kicked off on February 25, featuring a customized blue bus decorated with well-known Dr. Seuss characters and outfitted with bookshelves, benches, carpeting, and hundreds of new books.
At a public hearing of the legislature's Education Committee today, classroom teachers—along with CEA leaders and staff—gave powerful testimony urging lawmakers to address the crisis of violent student behavior in rural, urban, and suburban schools throughout the state.
Teachers, CEA leaders, and staff testified before the Connecticut General Assembly's Black and Puerto Rican Caucus on issues critical to teachers this legislative session. These issues included school climate, classroom safety, the persistent shortage of ethnic minority educators, and funding for public schools.
CEA supports sensible ways of assisting the state in its efforts to make up for decades of underfunding teachers' retirement, including the governor and treasurer's plan to smooth out the state's payments to the fund over a longer period of time and lower the investment earning assumption to a more realistic rate.
"We reject the idea of cutting our way to prosperity. That has never worked," said Connecticut AFL-CIO President Sal Luciano. His remarks came at a press conference yesterday where members of the labor community, including CEA, called on the state to adopt a pro-growth, investment budget.
Project Oceanology and New England Science and Sailing are partnering to offer "Sound Education: Working with NGSS and STEM in Long Island Sound". This is a FREE two-day PD event from April 5 - April 6 for teachers in grades 4-12, with overnight accommodations provided in Project Oceanology's waterfront hostel.
Legislation passed late in 2015 made many "tax extenders" semi-permanent, but there are still a few esoteric items that keep everyone on tenterhooks when, as once again this year, Congress fails to pass the tax bill by the end of the year.
Marks the inauguration of a new governor and the beginning of the 2019 session of the Connecticut General Assembly. It's likely to be a busy session with many issues for legislators to tackle over these next five months.