Waterbury's newest Teacher of the Year is Yolanda Lee-Gorishti, a science teacher at Crosby High School.
Just a few of the highlights from her career:
She has completed her coursework for a PhD. .
She teaches grade 9 Physical Science and Grade 11 and 12 Human Biology. She has previously taught Biology, and Meteorology and Astronomy.
She is a professor of Anthropology at the University of Connecticut (2003 to present) and in the Earth Science Department at Southern Connecticut (2004 to present).
She started Crosby’s branch of the Science National Honor Society, and the organization is thriving. Students do community-service work, including tutoring other students at Crosby twice each week.
She organized the STEM Fair at Crosby for the past four years.
She supervises the Environmental Science Club at Crosby.
She serves on the Science District Curriculum Committee and has helped write district assessments for science (mid-terms, final exam, and CFA’s).