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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.

Past Winners

Susan Arms
Patience Banister
Helen Brewster
Candy and Peter Briggs
Joy Castle
Tom Castle ’67
Kevin Fiftal
John Fiore
Susan Funk
Linda Goddard
Alice Groton
Patty Kitchings
Elaine Lattizori
Allen and Barbara Leadbetter
Ellen McGuire ’68
Jacque Montemarano
Debbie O’Brien
Debby O’Brien
Ardice Perry
Annie Philbrick
Jennifer Schwindt
Karen Stone
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.



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