December 8, 2021

Jon Goss is Lyme-Old Lyme Schools’ Teacher of the Year, Ray Belval is Employee of the Year

Tech-Ed teacher Jonathan Goss is the 2020-21 Lyme-Old Lyme Schools’ Teacher of the Year.

OLD LYME — Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Board of Education recognized the 2020-2021 Teacher of the Year and Employee of the Year at their regular monthly meeting held Wednesday evening, Oct. 7, at Center School.

Jonathan Goss is Lyme-Old Lyme Schools’ Teacher of the Year. In his 24 years of teaching Tech-Ed at Lyme-Old Lyme High School, Goss has continually reimagined the curriculum. Classes such as alternative energy, outboard motors, and electrical wiring ensure students learn skills that will be of value in the future.

Goss teaches his students how to use sophisticated machinery and tools, as well as to be safe and to respect the equipment. Goss also co-leads the award-winning Techno Ticks robotics team.

Known for his dedication to his work, Goss has a remarkable ability to connect with each student, holding them to the highest standards. His quiet demeanor, unflappable character and thoughtful approach are admired and respected by colleagues and students alike.

Campus Security member Ray Belval is Lyme-Old Lyme Schools’ Employee of the Year.

Ray Belval, a member of Region 18 Campus Security, is Lyme-Old Lyme Schools’ Employee of the Year. Belval joined the district in 2019 quickly becoming indispensable. Belval is known for his cheery disposition, willingness to jump in wherever needed, and ability to bring new ideas to the table.

Belval was instrumental in implementing the Stop the Bleed program across all schools. This program trained our teachers and older students how to identify and control life-threatening bleeding while waiting for emergency responders.

When Lyme-Old Lyme Schools were shut down in March, Belval was an integral part of the success of the food distribution program. He helped to organize the set-up and warmly greeted people as they came by for food, seemingly knowing everyone’s name and always with a smile on his face.

Ian Neviaser, Superintendent of Lyme-Old Lyme Schools, commented exclusively to on the awards, saying, “We are fortunate to have such dedicated and talented staff and teachers in Region 18,” adding, “This year’s recipients are exceptional in what they do and are true assets to our school community.”


  1. Tom Ortoleva says

    Well deserved! Not only is he an inspiration in the classroom but also among the Old Lyme Cub Scouts as their Cubmaster.

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