Cheshire Public Schools is proud to announce the selection of Gina Corrado as the 2019-2020 Teacher of the Year! Gina is a Spanish teacher at Cheshire High School and has worked in the district for the last nine years. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Liberal Arts with a focus in Spanish from Southern Connecticut State University and a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Western Governors University. Prior to teaching in Cheshire, she was a preschool teacher at Alphabet Academy in Hamden from 2003-2011.
Señora Corrado is a native of Ecuador and came to the United States by herself when she was just 15 years old. Her experiences as a newcomer to this country helped shape her teaching practices. Corrado believes that making mistakes is an important part of the learning process. She works to convey this to her students by creating a safe and supportive learning environment in her classroom. An environment in which all students feel safe to take academic risks without fear of being wrong. Corrado says that she embraces mistakes as they allow us to learn and grow.
A colleague wrote this about Gina, "There are very few teachers that work harder and care more about each one of their students than Gina Corrado. I am constantly in awe of the various ways in which she goes the extra mile for them." A student was quoted saying, "Señora Corrado is one of my favorite human beings on Earth. She cares so much about all her students and I learned so much in her class. It was challenging, but she made us want to do better."
Señora Corrado has been working on a 'pilot course' for Spanish 4 at Cheshire High School for the past two years. She has developed a textbook of four chapters and has invested 80+ hours of her own time in an effort to create a more successful methodology for teaching foreign languages. As a pioneer in transforming a traditional curriculum to a competency-based learning course, Gina is dedicated to successfully designing tasks and activities to maximize learning and currently continues to work on the process of adapting the individualized learning component to this course. She was also instrumental in the development of the Spanish curriculum for 6th grade and is a strong believer that implementing languages at the younger grade levels will make a huge impact on the learning of students and their performance.
Señora Corrado is an exceptional teacher who exemplifies all of the characteristics needed to be a successful teacher. She is an extremely motivated and gifted educator who goes above and beyond each and every day to ensure that her students thrive. Congratulations Gina!
Please click here for a video clip of Gina's acceptance speech that was delivered at this year's Convocation on August 26th, 2019.