Guerra honored as Teacher of the Year in Fontana

Yuliana Guerra

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.

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