Board of Education Member – Sean Passan

Sean Passan for Board of Education for the town of West Hartford, ConnecticutSean Passan

A veteran teacher and athletic coach, Sean Passan brings two decades of experience working with students of all backgrounds and abilities.  Sean began his teaching career at Hall High School, before moving to California and teaching at a top-ranked charter school in Pacific Palisades for more than 10 years.  He returned to his home state in 2017, in large part because he believes Connecticut – and West Hartford specifically – is a great place to raise a family. He is currently a teacher at Granby Memorial Middle School.


In addition to his experience in the classroom, Sean is an experienced tennis coach who has led athletic teams to regional, city, and state championships.  While in California, he also started a video production elective from scratch based on student demand, and the program went on to earn national recognition.  Each of these experiences has helped Sean develop a student-first mentality, and allow him to understand the educational experience from multiple perspectives.  Now, as the parent of a young child enrolled in West Hartford Public Schools, Sean has an even more nuanced perspective on education.

  • Serves as a trustee/board member for the Noah Webster House and West Hartford Historical Society.
  • Served on the Rethinking School Start Times Committee in 2017-2018.
  • Offers free weekly tennis clinic to 3-5 year olds to help introduce the sport he loves.
  • Currently training as a docent at the Noah Webster House.
  • Tennis Coach for 241 Sports


Sean and his wife Julie have a three-year-old daughter, who attends the Early Learning Center Preschool at Whiting Lane School.