Term: 12/01/17 - 11/30/21
228 Fanning Street, 06704
Commissioner Melissa Serrano-Adorno was born and raised in Waterbury and currently works for the Waterbury Public Health Department. As a Board of Education Commissioner, Serrano-Adorno is proud to represent the City of Waterbury. She aspires to use her leadership skills to improve student achievement, while providing a structure for success that meets the individual education needs of all students, regardless of their ability. Serrano-Adorno strives to improve parent and school staff relationships and communication. Working collaboratively with Superintendent Verna D. Ruffin and her fellow Commissioners, she hopes to expand the Special Education programs in the District.
Serrano-Adorno has four sons, all of whom attended Waterbury Public Schools. As the parent of a child on the autism spectrum, she has experienced the challenges, concerns and frustrations families may contend with as they try to understand a difficult system of care for children with developmental disabilities. Her son’s autism diagnosis inspired her to raise awareness and advocate, not only for him, but also the autism community at-large. Serrano-Adorno has been a member of the Western Connecticut Autism Speaks Committee since 2009. She is very proud to represent “JuJi’s World,” which is named after her son Julian. Serrano-Adorno created “JuJi’s Sensory Friendly Films,” working with Apple Cinemas to host movies with special provisions and accommodations for those with special needs, such as lowering the volume, dimming the lights and eliminating the commercials
Serrano-Adorno is a graduate of the Commission of Children’s and Families 2013 Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) & 2014 Parent Supporting Educational Excellence (PSEE). In addition, she is involved in several organizations and committees throughout the community, including Madre Latina Inc., the Waterbury Career Academy PTSA and the Connecticut Hispanic Democratic Caucus.