Dr. Gerard T. Brooker

Westport Public Schools
High School English
New Fairfield, Connecticut
Total years as classroom teacher: 40

Brooker founded the Young Playwrights Festival of Connecticut and has
used it as a vehicle to improve racial and cultural understanding. His
students adopted Reseda High School as its sister school following the
1994 California earthquake and created scholarship funds for the victims
both of Hurricane Andrew and the Oklahoma City bombing.

Paul Newman, actor, said “I have known for a long time about his work
as a teacher with children in our community and in the world, and
through Newman’s Own, have helped finance several of his international
initiatives designed to provide forums for children to understand each
others’ cultures.”

“Whether the discussion is about a piece of literature or a world
issue, Dr. Brooker opens my mind, making me dig deeper and deeper, until
I reach a level of thought I never realized existed.” — Former student

Education

1978

Doctor of Education

1972

Prof. Diploma Education

1967

Master of Arts

1962

Master of Science, St. John’s University

1958

Bachelor of Arts, Iona College

Teaching Experience

1973 – Present

Westport Public Schools, high school English

1970-72

Kings Park Public Schools, high school English

1968-70

Northport Public Schools, high school English

1960-67

S. Huntington Public Schools, junior high English

1959-60

Bergen Catholic High School, English

1958-59

St. Cecilia’s Elementary School, 6th grade

Special Recognition

2009

Published: “The Jesus Ultimatum” a novel

2008

Published: “The Illustrator” a novel

2004
Published: “Even Whispers Can be Heard” a book of poetry

2002

Published: “A Quiet Conversation”; Wing and a Prayer Press

2001

Gary Mintz Alumni Award in Education, for outstanding contribution to education. St. John’s University Alumni Association

2000

The Dr. Gerard Brooker Award for Outstanding Service, YEH, Staples H.S.

2000

Honorary Degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, Iona College

2000

Fulbright Seminars Abroad Program (India)

1998

TEA (Teacher of Excellence Award), U.S. Government

1998

Honorary Degree, Associate in Applied Science, Gibbs College

1998

The Brother John G. Driscoll Award for Outstanding Humanitarian Service, Iona College

1997

Mahatma Gandhi-Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Award, CEA

1996

Applegate-Dorros Peace and International Understanding Award, NEA

1995

21st Century Connecticut Educator of the Year

1992

Outstanding Alumnus Award, S. John’s University

1992

The Jefferson Award

1992

The Katherine Dunham Award, CEA

1991

Partners in Caring Award for “Outstanding Service to the Community”, by Voluntary Action Center of Mid-Fairfield County

1990

The Brother Arthur A. Loftus Award for Humanitarian Service, Iona College

1990 ff.

Who’s Who in American Education

1987

Mahatma Gandhi Peace Award, CEA

1983

Mensa

1981

Human Relations Award, CEA

1958

Summa Cum Laude, Iona College

1958

Keenan Philosophy Society Award, Iona College