A year and a half after students welcomed the Teach For America recruit with a flash flood in her classroom, Kaitlyn Shorrock is emerging as a model teacher—and weighing whether to continue her job at one of the city’s most challenging schools.

Shorrock, who’s 24, is one of 30 TFA corps members in New Haven’s public schools. Since the fall of 2010, the California native has been teaching middle-school science at Wexler/Grant School in Dixwell.

As the school goes through a “turnaround” focused on improving school climate, she has served as a standard-bearer to other teachers in her demanding-but-friendly classroom management style.

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