WOODBRIDGE >> First Selectman Ellen Scalettar recognized Rita Gedansky as January’s Woodbridge Person of the Month. Scalettar initiated the Woodbridge Person of the Month Recognition program to spotlight the many Woodbridge residents, volunteers and employees who go above and beyond the expected in their dedication and commitment to Woodbridge and its residents.

“Rita exemplifies what it means to be a volunteer Board or Commission member in Woodbridge,” said Scalettar. “As a small town, Woodbridge relies so heavily on the knowledge and expertise of volunteers, and Rita served faithfully and selflessly for 14 years on the Amity Regional District Board of Education.”

Gedansky was elected to the Board of Education after teaching social studies at Amity Junior High School in Bethany for 16 years. She and her husband Stan were very involved with sports - he ran a basketball tournament and together they helped raise more than $100,000 for Amity sports over the course of 15 years.

On the Board, Gedansky was not afraid to tackle tough issues, whether it was the operations of the Board or support for Amity athletics. Also, her teaching experience gave her added insights when deciding on matters such as budget and policy.

Gedansky’s children graduated from the Amity Regional District system and her grandchildren are receiving their education at Amity as well.

Gedansky recently announced her retirement from the volunteer position and a replacement will be appointed to serve the remainder of her term.

“It’s been an honor to serve my community and support our youth through my many years as a teacher and a Board of Education member, and I’m so pleased to be named Person of the Month,” said Rita Gendansky.

“I know how dedicated to education she is, both as an educator and board member,” her husband Stan said, “and I’m proud that she is being honored.”

“Through this monthly recognition program I hope to thank the many people who make Woodbridge a wonderful place to live, play and work,” said Scalettar.

If you know a Woodbridge employee, resident or volunteer who’s gone above and beyond expectations, please nominate that person for this award by contacting Betsy Yagla at byagla@woodbridgect.org or 203-389-3403.