Zuleyka Morales Shaw was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico and grew up in New Britain. Ms. Shaw received her bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from Trinity College and continued her studies at The University of Connecticut where she received a Masters degree in curriculum and instruction. Ms. Shaw was inspired to become an educator after working as a tutor in an adult education program at a local college.
Ms. Shaw has been teaching in Hartford for 10 years and she has spent the last 5 years teaching 8th grade science at Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy where she serves as team leader. During her time at HMTCA, Ms. Shaw has been involved in several student organizations including the Gay Straight Alliance, the student restorative justice group, the National Honors Society, and the Latinx student group.
Ms. Shaw also works to provide her students experiential learning opportunities through field trips. Her students have had the opportunity to visit the Freedom Trail in Boston, the Springfield Museums, and one her proudest achievements being a week-long trip to Washington DC.
Outside of the classroom, she enjoys spending time in nature, taking walks with her family, and traveling. Ms. Shaw lives in Newington with her husband Jeff and 2 daughters, Lincoln and Elliott.