Education Career Brings Alumna Back to the Neighborhood

Zuleyka Shaw '06, Begins Teaching at HMTCA This Fall

HARTFORD, Conn., August 14, 2014 – In many ways, Zuleyka Shaw ’06, has explored the world with her students. But, geographically, she didn’t have to travel very far. A Connecticut native, after graduating with her degree in biochemistry, Shaw decided to launch an education career here in Hartford: a career that has led her right back to the Trinity community.

First as a supplemental instruction leader and then as a tutor at Capital Community College, Shaw – remembered by some of her classmates as Zuleyka Torres-Morales – was drawn to education. At Capital, she worked with adult learners before going on to

​Zuleyka Shaw '06, works with students in HMTCA's Summer Science Skills program.
teach at Hartford’s Classical Magnet High School. From there, she went to the middle school level, teaching at Burns Latino Studies Academy, a short distance from Trinity. This fall, she begins teaching eighth grade science at Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy (HMTCA).

“I want students to see what’s possible,” she said of her goals at HMTCA. “There are a lot of ways they can set themselves on a path to college.”

Preparing for her first year at HMTCA, Shaw spent part of this summer working with rising tenth-grade students from the school on campus at Trinity. In addition to assisting with their summer-long project of testing the health of the Trout Brook watershed, Shaw led smaller sessions each day in which students collaborated in lab settings.

Shaw is looking forward to seeing these summer science students and many more in the halls of HMTCA for years to come.

“I hope to be teaching here for a long time,” she said.