The Aerospace/Hydrospace Engineering and Physical Sciences High School
Bridgeport Public Schools
Bridgeport, Connecticut

Giving back and volunteering is very important to Teacher of the Year award winner David Viesto.

He has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, the Bridgeport Central High School boys track and field team, and even with an afterschool engineering competition, Viesto said in his nomination form. In addition to volunteering, Viesto believes that “every student is capable of learning.” He finds teaching incredibly rewarding when he can get a student who struggles to improve. He also volunteers his time to help new teachers to his school to ensure they acclimate to the school.

Viesto attended Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut, for undergraduate and graduate studies. He is a member of the Bridgeport Education Association, the Connecticut Education Association, and the National Education Association. He is also certified to teach Project Lead the Way’s Introduction to Engineering Design.

He cites helping his father coach a middle school boys basketball team while he attended Sacred Heart as instrumental to becoming a teacher. The coaching mentality stuck with him and he employs that in his everyday teaching and classroom, and he considers preparing his students for their own post-secondary schooling his greatest accomplishment over the years.

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