The John R. Margaitis Memorial Scholarship
Established January 24, 2020
By Marion Margaitis
The John R. Margaitis Memorial Scholarship has been established in memory of long-time Region 14 educator, John R. “Jack” Margaitis. During his nearly four decades teaching elementary and middle school students in the Connecticut Region 14 system, Jack’s intellectual depth, his sense of humor and his gentlemanly demeanor endowed within him the true essence of what it means to be an educator.
For those students fortunate enough to be assigned to his classroom, he unlocked in them their maximum potential for achieving academic excellence. As both an educator and as a coach, Jack helped his students gain the skills and knowledge required to become capable and creative lifelong learners. Region 14’s motto: “Your Future Begins Here!” had real meaning for him and his legacy speaks for itself every day in Bethlehem and Woodbury, around Connecticut and throughout the country. Margaitis alumni are making their mark as responsible members of the world community.
attended the University of Connecticut majoring in
history. He soon recognized that teaching was
his vocation. After gaining his certification,
he taught for one year in the Enfield, Connecticut
school system before beginning his years of service to
Region 14. Jack loved teaching and coaching and
felt that all students would be successful if they
worked to their potential and respected those who are
part of their lives. He understood the
challenges many students are presented with and
respected those who worked hard to achieve their set
goals. This scholarship recognizes two students
who embody the ideals that Jack brought to his
classroom every day in his long and storied career.