It is with great pleasure to announce,
Ms. Aurely Guzman
Rookie Teacher of the Year 2019-2020.
My inspiration to become a teacher sparked while I was an after-care leader at David Lawrence Jr. K-8 Center (DLJK8) during the 2016-2017 school year under the supervision of Mrs. Chewning. Working with students and seeing the dedication of the teachers at the school inspired me to want to make a positive impact in the lives of students. As I noticed my increasing desire to teach and inspire young minds, I decided to change my major to elementary education in the fall of 2016 while being a first-generation college student at Florida International University (FIU).
Much to my surprise, I got placed at DLJK8 in January 2019 to be the student-teacher of a class as the final step of my college years before graduation. Upon completing my student-teaching internship in April 2019 with Ms. Sanchez, I graduated with honors from FIU. I received a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education K-6 with Reading and ESOL endorsements. Shortly after, I was grateful to have had my dream of becoming a teacher come true when I was hired as a teacher at DLJK8 in May 2019.
I am continuously learning while becoming more aware of the many challenging and rewarding moments of being a teacher. I am passionate about providing my students with experiences that inspire them to love learning and empower them to make a difference in the world.