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Norwalk Teacher Takes A Seat At State Commission On Children

Dr. Aneury “Reese” Morales
Dr. Aneury “Reese” Morales Photo Credit: Contributed

NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk Public School teacher Dr. Aneury “Reese” Morales, an ESL teacher, has been appointed to Connecticut’s Commission on Children by state Sens. Bob Duff and Joe Aresimowicz.

“I am humbled and honored by this opportunity to represent early childhood and K through 12 teachers of the state of Connecticut as well as the Latino community at large as a member of the board of the Commission on Children," said Morales. “I’m very grateful to Senator Duff for this appointment.”

Born in Puerto Rico, Morales lives in Norwalk.

Morales has served a number of roles in the Norwalk Public School system since 2003. He currently works as an ESL teacher for ninth through 12th grades at Norwalk International Academy. Before that, Morales spent five years working for the school district as a data testing facilitator.

From 2006 to 2010, he taught Spanish at Brien McMahon High School after spending three years at West Rocks Middle School teaching English as a second language.

“As a longtime Norwalk educator, Dr. Morales will be an important voice for kids in our community and throughout the state of Connecticut,” said Duff. “His experience both in the classroom and at the district level gives him a great perspective for the commission. I know he will be a strong advocate for improving the health and education of our children.”

“I am excited for Dr. Morales to join the Commission on Children,” said Aresimowizc. “His lengthy teaching background in ESL will bring a much needed perspective to the commission as it develops policies that are in the best interests of the children of Connecticut.”

Morales received his bachelor's in psychology from Southern Connecticut State University, his master's degree in elementary education from the University of Bridgeport, and his doctorate in instructional leadership from Argosy University in Phoenix.

The appointment is effective immediately and expires on June 30, 2018.

The Commission on Children was created by the Connecticut General Assembly in 1985 to promote public policies in the best interest of children, study child trends and assess programs and practices in state agencies as they affect children, and disseminate information and research data regarding the status of children and children's programs in Connecticut.

Duff is a Democrat who represents Norwalk and Darien, and Aresimowicz is a Democrat who represents Berlin and Southington.

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