Last week Danville Public School and district leaders announced Galileo Magnet High School Mathematics Teacher Shirley “Michelle” Guzman as the 2025 Danville Public Schools (DPS) Teacher of the Year.
Guzman, a seven-year teaching veteran, has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from the University of Virginia’s College at Wise and a Master’s of Education in Education Leadership from George Mason University. She holds an endorsement in Mathematics.
Guzman began her career teaching math at Oakton High School in Vienna, Virginia. In 2021, she joined DPS at Westwood Middle School, where she served as a 7th Grade Team Leader and Gear Up VA Coordinator, before starting at Galileo in 2022.
At Galileo, she is the sponsor of their Progress Over Perfection (P.O.P.) Club, is involved with Rose Raised Writers (a creative writing club), and serves as coordinator of their after school peer remediation tutoring program.
“Ms. Guzman devotes her time and energy to Galileo and does so selflessly,” Galileo Principal Michelle Ramsey said. “…She is passionate about seeing Galileo soar and will do whatever it takes to help our students succeed while in school or after.”
In her time at DPS, she has also served on the Superintendent’s Advisory Committee and the Calendar Committee, as well as a social committee leader. As an educator, it is Guzman’s mission to make sure that math is accessible and engaging to all, especially English Language Learners. Last year, she initiated an after school peer remediation tutoring program, which has ensured that students have necessary reinforcement and resources to be successful. The program has had a great impact on academic performance and student confidence.
Guzman says she is “deeply honored and humbled” to be chosen as Teacher of the Year.
“The surprise celebration in the cafeteria, complete with balloons, roses, and heartfelt cheers from the students and faculty, is a moment I will cherish forever,” Guzman said. “Teaching is not just a profession for me; it’s a passion and a calling. This recognition reinforces my belief in the power of education and the positive impact we can have on young minds. I am grateful to work in a community that values and supports education, and I look forward to continuing to inspire and guide my students on their educational journey.”
Guzman will serve as the district’s nomination for the 2025 Mary V. Bicouvaris Virginia Teacher of the Year.
“Ms. Guzman’s dedication and commitment to her school and students is evident,” DPS Superintendent Dr. Angela Hairston said. “She is a fantastic teacher who works tirelessly to ensure the success of all students.”