Please join us today - Friday July 29 - at 10 a.m. at Waterbury City Hall
as we honor Adela Jorge-Nelson as our 2016 Puerto Rican Mayor for the Day.
Brooklyn, N.Y. born, Ms. Jorge-Nelson moved with her family
to Ponce, P.R., shortly after her birth before moving to Waterbury when she was
10. She flourished in Waterbury, achieving success in the Waterbury Public
Schools as a bilingual student. She went on to win scholarships and be named to
the prestigious National Honor Society.
She attended the University of Connecticut, where she was
Dean’s List student, earned an undergraduate degree in Psychology and was a
member of Connecticut’s first Latino sorority, Beta Sigma Alpha. Soon after
graduation, she began her career as a bilingual educator in the Waterbury
Public School System. She was able to use her experiences as a bilingual
student to create safe spaces for her students to learn and fostered classroom
practices that allowed her students to develop a lifelong love for learning.
She also earned advanced degrees in education and educational leadership while
In 2004, she became vice principal of Bucks Hill Elementary
School, and three years later was promoted to Supervisor of Bilingual
Education/ESOL Education Department for the Waterbury Public School System. She
has distinguished herself as a student and as a professional educator. But her
most important job is being the mother of her three children, Jordan Ward,
Uzziah Nelson Jr., and Amina J. Nelson.
Please join us in honoring this great woman and her