Teacher of the Year

Congratulations Elsa Batista!

2021 Semi-Finalist
Martin Kellogg Middle School, Newington

Learn More About Elsa

I came to the U.S. from the Dominican Republic at the age of 6 in 1983. My mother Elsa Susana knew that moving to New York City would bring about endless academic and professional opportunities for my sisters and I. She was right.

I knew at an early age that I wanted to become an educator, it was in my DNA.  I began teaching at the same school I attended when I arrived in this country. I felt that I had come full circle because was able to thank Mrs. Carmen Lopez, my 2nd-grade teacher and colleague, for inspiring me to become an educator. As a teacher, I gave back to the community that gave me so much. Teaching in the Bronx gave me a lens into some of the difficult lives that were a reality to many of my students and allowed me to be a consistent support for them.

Today I am a Newington resident, parent, and educator. I embody each of these roles proudly. I am a strong advocate of creating a colorful, fun and inviting environment where students feel comfortable learning and taking risks. Outside of the classroom, I have advised many schoolwide clubs, projects and events throughout the years with the support of my colleagues and excitement of my students.

As a single parent of two boys, it is my responsibility to make sure that I provide the same quality education that I would want  my sons to receive.

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"You shall always remain in [the land] where you [creator] is.”
– Fidelia Fielding
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