September 28, 2020

Letter to the Editor: If Elected, BOE Candidate Panzara-Griswold Will Focus on “Top-Quality Education … Accessible to all … Efficient & Affordable,”

To the Editor:

The greatest joy of my personal life has been raising my two children. The most fulfilling part of my career/volunteer life has been serving the needs of young community members. If elected to the Region 18 Board of Education, I will advocate for our kids and help establish a vision for our schools, focusing on a top-quality education that is accessible to all children, efficient, and affordable for our community.

I have spent the last 25 years serving the needs of our most vulnerable individuals, including disadvantaged teenagers, young offenders, and persons with intellectual disabilities.  They have taught me many things, including patience, cooperation, and empathy.  I embrace these lessons as I pursue public service.

I’m a strong supporter of the arts–in the community, the schools and in my work as a counselor and advocate.  In 2010, I established a program for persons with Intellectual disabilities which embraces a holistic model of arts-based programming.  To witness these individuals express themselves through their chosen art form is truly amazing! 

I feel lucky to live in Old Lyme, and appreciate a school system that recognizes the importance of a diverse education. I hope to have your support on November 5th!


Lorianne Panzara-Griswold,
Old Lyme.


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