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Christopher Poulos, Connecticut’s 2007 Teacher of the Year, currently teaches Spanish and serves as Instructional Leader for the Humanities at Joel Barlow High School in Redding, CT. He is a National Board Certified Teacher and an Inductee of the National Teachers Hall of Fame. In April 2022, Chris announced his candidacy for State Representative of the Connecticut Legislature. From 2017-2021, Chris served as a member of the Town Council in his hometown of Southington, CT and was since appointed to the Library Board. He previously worked for two years in a hybrid role, splitting his time between teaching in his district and working alongside policymakers as a Teacher Leader in Residence at the Connecticut State Department of Education. He currently serves as Immediate Past Chair of the Connecticut Teacher of the Year Council Board of Directors, a non-profit organization that aims to improve outcomes for students through its advocacy for teacher leadership. Previously, he led the National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY) as Chairman of the Board of Directors. Chris has earned and participated as a member of numerous education fellowships including the inaugural Teacher-Leader Fellowship hosted by the Aspen Institute. Poulos holds a Sixth Year in Educational Leadership from the University of Connecticut, a Masters degree in Spanish Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Leadership Studies from the University of Richmond.