Yuliana Guerra learned much from her years of studying at schools in the Fontana Unified School District, and now she is doing an exceptional job of teaching a new generation of students in the FUSD.
Guerra, a math instructor at Truman Middle School, was named the district’s 2010-2011 Teacher of the Year during a recent board meeting.
“We should be proud this day as one of our very own has returned to give back to the Fontana community,” said William Wu, the assistant superintendent of human resources, while announcing the selection of Guerra.
Guerra said she is delighted to serve the youth of the community she grew up in.
“My goals are to inspire students to become resilient individuals amongst adversity and to encourage them to achieve academic success and continue their education,” Guerra said.
She started first grade at Tokay Elementary School and attended second through fifth grade at Juniper.
“It was at Juniper where my eagerness to learn and enjoyment of school began,” she said.
“My love for school continued at Alder Middle School. I excelled in math and won several Math Field Day awards.”
During her years at Fontana A.B. Miller High School, she started to take a serious interest in achieving higher education.
“I had great teachers who facilitated my journey into college,” said Guerra, who won a Gates Millennium Scholarship to attend UCLA.
At UCLA, she developed a deeper interest in giving back to her community and graduated with a B.A. in just three years.
After working in a business for a year, she said she quickly found that her purpose in life was not to make money but to educate children.
She obtained her teaching credential and Masters at Claremont Graduate University, and then she became a staff member in the FUSD four years ago.
“What Pythagoras, Euclid or Einstein may have found difficult, she made easy,” Wu said. “Equipped with effective instructional strategies, a portfolio bar none, and passion rarely seen, she enthuses her students and her colleagues alike with her love of learning and a focus on achievement. As department leaders, she utilizes collaboration and shared decision making within her professional learning community to create structures which encourage students to learn.”
THE SITE TEACHERS of the year in the FUSD:
Julia Scates, Almond Elementary School
Juan Vaca, Beech Avenue Elementary School
Gloria Vernoy, Binks Elementary School
Nicole Ortiz, Canyon Crest Elementary School
Rachel Joiner, Chaparral Elementary School
Susan Tisler, Citrus Elementary School
Teresa Garcia, Cypress Elementary School
Oralia Hernandez, Date Elementary School
Marie Belt, Grant Elementary School
Susan Lopez, Hemlock Elementary School
Elizabeth Lohman-Rivera, Juniper Elementary School
Jeffery McGlocklin, Live Oak Elementary School
Bonnie Thompson, Locust Elementary School
Janice Sealey, Mango Elementary School
Sheree Sheehan, Maple Elementary School
Terra Summers, North Tamarind Elementary School
Tara MacIntyre, Oak Park Elementary School
Heather Williams, Oleander Elementary School
Mary Dickerson, Palmetto Elementary School
Jennifer Hobson, Poplar Elementary School
Louise Kennedy, Porter Elementary School
Jason Coffield, Primrose Elementary School
Latisha Easter, Randall Pepper Elementary School
Enrique Roman, Redwood Elementary School
Jocelyn Scott Belt, Shadow Hills Elementary School
Sharon Rose, Sierra Lakes Elementary School
Carrie Rogers, South Tamarind Hills Elementary School
Charles Pilgrim, Tokay Elementary School
Jennifer West, West Randall Elementary School
Christopher Persky, Alder Middle School
Heather Rhodes, Almeria Middle School
Riste Simnjanovski, Fontana Middle School
Peggy Chute, Ruble Middle School
Rogelio Juarez, Sequoia Middle School
Deanna Stone, Southridge Middle School
Yuliana Guerra, Truman Middle School
David Biroschak, Fontana A.B. Miller High School
Rae Lynn Kit, Birch High School
Ronald Gavett, Citrus High School
Joseph Governale, Fontana High School
Ruby Navarro, Jurupa Hills High School
Marianne Dodds, Kaiser High School
Sergio Rodriguez, Summit High School
Laura Bliss, Preschool - Tokay Elementary School.