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Top Teachers of Fairfield Living

We talked to the Top Teachers and the Top Teens who nominated them


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Nilda Irizarry: AP American Studies at Fairfield Warde

Nominated by: Lauren Lopes


How she became a teacher
At the suggestion of her high school English teacher, Irizarry began tutoring an illiterate teen in reading. “By the end of the year [she] read with an 80% fluency, and I felt really proud,” says Irizarry, “If I opened her eyes, I could do it for others.”

Favorite part of being a teacher
“Seeing the students come back,” she says, “You never know who you inspire.”

Standout teaching moment
When Irizarry accompanied a small group of students on a trip to DC; she couldn’t help but sit back and smile when she heard them discussing health care reform- without being prompted. “They took the skills and really engaged with the world around them,” she tells us.

Why Lauren nominated her
“Everything that you do in the class pays off,” explains Lopes, “When you look at your work from the beginning of the year to the end of the year it looks like two different people wrote it.”

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