The Steven M. Castle Award
2013 Honoree: Dionne Butler
At its annual reception for donors on September 27th, Pine Point Board President Jennifer Schwindt presented the Steven M. Castle Award to current parent and Board member Dionne Butler. The Castle Award is the highest honor Pine Point bestows on a volunteer and recognizes devotion to the School and long years of service. She is the 24th recipient of the award. A resident of North Stonington, Dionne and her husband, Rodney, chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, have a son and daughter at Pine Point.
In her remarks, Mrs. Schwindt said, “Dionne’s list of accomplishments on campus started in 2007. She embraced Pine Point as a class coordinator; then as the director of hospitality when she coordinated Grandparents' Day for more than 200 revered elders. Dionne initiated the now-beloved tradition of the Mother-Son Outing in response to the Father-Daughter Dance. With grace and true leadership, she rose to the presidency of the Parents Association and now sits on the Board of Trustees. She is also a trained educator and substitute teacher on campus.”
Mrs. Butler has over 16 years of experience in education. These areas include early childhood, curriculum development, licensing of facilities, implementing National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accreditation standards and providing professional development for teachers. She is a graduate of University of Connecticut and earned her master's degree from Sacred Heart University. Mrs. Butler is also an educational consultant for several preschool programs including those at Mystic Aquarium, Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, and the Global Child School.
Candy and Peter Briggs
Tom Castle ’67
Allen and Barbara Leadbetter
Ellen McGuire ’68
Susan and John Wronowski
|Dionne Butler (seated), winner of this year’s Pine Point School Castle Award, is shown with (from left) previous Castle Award winners Peter Briggs, Karen Stone, Debbie O’Brien, Jennifer Schwindt, Deborah Mayer O’Brien, and Alice Lee Groton. (Not shown is Ardice Perry.) Head of School Stephen Bennhoff is at the far right.|