WATERTOWN — Superintendent of Schools Dr. Alison Villanueva congratulates Chelsie Guerrera, mathematics teacher at Watertown High School, has been named the 2022-2023 District Teacher of the Year.
District and Watertown High School administrators, colleagues and students surprised Ms. Guerrera in her classroom with the exciting news.
Ms. Guerrera is a Watertown High School Alumni, class of 2011. She graduated with a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from Central Connecticut State University in 2015.
She continued at the University of Bridgeport, and received a master of science degree in secondary education in 2017. Ms. Guerrera began her career in Watertown Public Schools in 2015. She has accomplished much in her seven years at the high school.
In addition to teaching various algebra and geometry courses at WHS, Ms. Guerrera created a course in 2020, “Math for the Trades.” She recognized that there is a true need in the field and sensed the need for various post high school pathways for students.
Math for the Trades is a relevant and student-centered class that caters to students’ needs and interests and provides opportunities for direct application of skills. Ms. Guerrera creates a direct pipeline from this course to the community by inviting guest speakers and planning field trips, such as to NVCC, IMTI and Porter & Chester.
Ms. Guerrera goes above and beyond in countless ways, which includes work on the READY Curriculum; co-creation of the Summer Bridge Program; serving in the capacity of a TEAM Mentor; co-advising for the Class of 2020 and 2024; and participation on several committees, such as the Mid-term and Final Committee; Climate and Culture Committee; RULER Implementation Committee; and the NEASC 2015 Facilities Committee.
Additionally, Ms. Guerrera serves as the co-creator and co-advisor for the Watertown High School Chapter of Mu Alpha Theta and was inducted into Delta Kappa Gamma in 2022.
Ms. Guerrera’s dedication to her students is evident in all that she does.
Ms. Guerrera will represent Watertown in the State of Connecticut Teacher of the Year Program for 2022-2023. The school administration wishes her the best of luck in this endeavor.
Watertown Public Schools has exceptional staff. The Teacher of the Year Program allows the district to honor the efforts of all classroom teachers by selecting one representative of the excellent teaching staff.
The school wishes to recognize the other nominees for Teacher of the Year 2022-2023:
Paulina Auclair, English teacher, Watertown High School; Jessica D’Addona, fourth grade teacher, Polk School; Susan Danaher, speech and language, Polk School; Jennifer Gruettner, fourth grade teacher, Judson School; Michelle Kociszewski, family & consumer science, Swift Middle School; Tara Lanese, preschool, John Trumbull Primary School; Erin Mathews, mathematics teacher, Swift Middle School; Thomas Mathews, technology education, Watertown High School; Jack Zaino, music teacher, Swift Middle School.