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The West Hartford Education Association named Luis Ramirez, a social worker at Smith STEM school for the past six years, the teacher of the year during a recognition dinner Thursday night.
Ramirez, 46, was described as someone who takes great pride in helping those in need, and as an understanding, empowering and empathetic individual, during the event at the Farmington Club.
Ramirez has worked for West Hartford Public Schools for nine years, he said.
Ramirez is a site coordinator for the district's mentor program, works with administrators, teachers and support staff to meet students' needs, has supervised social work interns, and works with Spanish-speaking families.
Ramirez grew up in different parts of Hartford and West Hartford, attended South Catholic High School for two years, but graduated from Berlin High School in 1989. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves for six years. During that time, he served as an operating room technician.
Previously, Ramirez worked as a youth advocate in Farmington and at the Bridge Family Center in West Hartford.
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