Welcome to Second and Third Grade!
Hi everyone! This is my second year at St. Mel’s. I miss teaching Kindergarten but I am thrilled to be a part of this new venture at St. Mel’s Early Childhood Center. For those of you who don’t know me, I am a NYS Certified Special Education Teacher. This is my 10th year of teaching. During my seven years experience in the Department of Education, and as an Early Intervention Teacher/ABA Therapist for children with Autism, I have learned that not one child is like the other. All of the strategies and skills I acquired throughout my career have helped me teach your children to learn and grow here at St. Mel’s.
(First picture- Father Fonti dressed as the conductor of the Polar Express during our Polar Express day at school, Second picture- two third grade boys surveying each other on their favorite winter activity for a math project for our data unit, Third Picture- One of our students holding up part of our Thanksgiving project for the Homebound where we make crafts and cards for the elderly in the community).
As a Catholic School Student my whole educational career, I always valued the morals and teachings that come with learning at a Catholic School as well as the creativity and family atmosphere that is cultivated. I also make sure to give individual attention towards each student and their own particular learning styles while differentiating the curriculum as to allow each student access to the material in a way that best suits them. Not only do we provide our students at St. Mel’s the opportunity to learn and grow at their own pace, but to learn spiritually, emotionally and socially.
I am also a First Dan Black Belt in Taekwondo and run the New York Black Belt Center Taekwondo Afterschool Program and Summer Sessions here at St. Mel’s under the guidance of Master Joseph Lupo Jr. Unfortunately due to COVID-19, we had to switch to remote training through ZOOM, but our students adapted nonetheless and earned their yellow belts while in Quarantine. I often use Taekwondo in the classroom to help the students learn self-respect, self-discipline, focus, body control, mindfulness and show respect towards their friends, family and teachers.
(Before the Pandemic, our After School Taekwondo Class was in person- Picture shows students focused and ready to welcome a new student to the program getting their white belt)
(Picture one: Our Taekwondo Students finally got the opportunity to promote with Master Joe at the NYBBC.)Picture 2 (Our Taekwondo Students working hard on zoom after- school classes)
I am very happy to be our classroom teacher as I believe that blended learning promotes leadership opportunities and motivates both the younger and older students. I have four years of experience of teaching blended learning classes and I love to see how each child blossoms.
(Picture shows Second and Third graders working together on our collection of supplies, toiletries, cards and candies for our Troops overseas in Afghanistan for a Thanksgiving. Christmas Package)
Our class is doing our part to keep a safe and healthy environment for ourselves and our school community. I am so happy to be a part of your children’s lives and will do my part to help nurture and develop their social and emotional learning as well as their academic achievements.