Hello,My name is Ilene Varon.
Welcome to the new school year! This is always a very exciting time for students, parents and staff.
I have been an educator in Hastings-on-Hudson UFSD since 1998. I began my career at Hillside as a 4th grade teacher and assumed the responsibilities of team coordinator. I have been an RTI teacher for the past 10 years and provide reading and math support services to students in K-4. I am also the Response to Intervention Coordinator and responsible for all administrative duties related to RTI.
My professional education career began as a trained Montessori teacher. I taught for three years at Public School 87 in Manhattan as a 3rd and 4th grade teacher, where I was introduced to Lucy Calkins - Reading/Writing Workshop at Teachers College at Columbia University. PS 87 was also a host school for Lit/Life, a team of dedicated reading and writing educators who helped to develop and cultivate my passion for teaching reading and writing. I participated in several summer institutes on the teaching of reading.
I received my Bachelor of Arts in Media from Fordham University and enrolled in the Graduate School of Education - Preservice Teacher Education Program. I graduated Magna Cum Laude and was inducted into Alpha Sigma Lambda-National Honor Society.I received my Master of Science in Education/Reading from Lehman College.
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