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Trinity Alumna and HMTCA Teacher Zuleyka Shaw is A Finalist for Teacher of the Year at the Hartford Public Schools

HMTCA Teacher and Trinity alumna Zuleyka Shaw ’06 is a finalist for the Hartford Public Schools Teacher of the Year honor. She is one of three finalists from a pool of more than 40 teachers of the year nominated by each individual school in Hartford.

As a tenured science teacher at HMTCA, Zuleyka has been also involved with the restorative justice program and a number of other schoolwide programs. She has also had a role in the NSF-TEU summer science program at Trinity College. (See biography below for more about Zuleyka.)

According to the Hartford Public Schools, a teacher of the year must be tenured and “must exhibit exemplary teaching skills, show commitment to the belief that all children can learn and must be active in community and humanitarian efforts.” As one of three finalists, Zuleyka recently had a lesson recorded and she submitted written response to the finalist selection committee.

On May 23rd, the Hartford Public Schools will host a banquet in honor of all teachers of the year for each school in the district. And the winner of the teacher of the year competition will be announced as well.


Bio: Zuleyka Shaw, Trinity ‘06

Zuleyka Morales Shaw was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico and grew up in New Britain.  Ms. Shaw received her bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from Trinity College and continued her studies at The University of Connecticut where she received a Masters degree in curriculum and instruction.  Ms. Shaw was inspired to become an educator after working as a tutor in an adult education program at a local college.

Ms. Shaw has been teaching in Hartford for 10 years and she has spent the last 5 years teaching 8th grade science at Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy where she serves as team leader.  Ms. Shaw is passionate about social justice and empowering students.  She has worked with students including the Gay Straight Alliance and the Restorative Justice group to facilitate programming that improves the culture and climate of the school community. During her time at HMTCA, Ms. Shaw has also facilitated professional development sessions on the topics such as differentiation and restorative practices.

Ms. Shaw enjoys planning experiential learning opportunities through field trips.  Her students have had the opportunity to visit the Freedom Trail in Boston, the Springfield Museums, and a weeklong trip to Washington DC.

Outside of the classroom, she enjoys spending time in nature, taking walks with her family, and traveling.  Ms. Shaw lives in Newington with her husband and 2 daughters.