Welcome to K-157! I am so excited to embark on my second year of teaching kindergarten at Hillside. Thank you for trusting me with your little lovebug. We are going to have such a magical year filled with exploration, learning, creativity, self-discovery, and growth. As you know, our school theme is: Just like flowers on a hillside, we are here to learn, grow, and flourish. Let's collaborate and flourish together and have an adventurous year!
Why I Teach
I am a teacher because I want to support children to become confident, independent, creative, fearless, proud, kind, literate, and adventurous human beings. I adore watching their young minds flourish throughout the year as they become life ready!
My Teaching Philosophy
Teaching means it is my obligation to provide every child with the tools needed to succeed in school and life. In our classroom, we will grow together and learn how to be confident, polite, adventurous, creative, independent, inquisitive, kind, helpful, thoughtful, and responsible. The classroom environment also plays an important role in our learning. As Lorris Malaguzzi, creator of the Reggio Emilia approach, believed, the classroom environment is the "third teacher". I couldn't agree more, which is why our classroom environment is a safe, supportive, caring, comfortable, and positive space in which we can grow, learn, make mistakes, and have fun!
My teaching style is very hands-on, messy, and creative. I believe it's important to make mistakes in order to learn, which is why I model making mistakes for my students (and it's not on purpose, folks!) I support students by creating stimulating, multi-modal, interdisciplinary, differentiated, and creative lessons. Some teaching strategies that I implement include large and small groups, individual conferences, engaging centers, and hands-on activities. I do my absolute best to meet the needs of all learners, whether they learn through music, movement, thinking, reading, writing, creating, or hands-on approaches. My goal is to show children how fun learning can be!
This is Mrs. Barbsucia, our full-time classroom aide! She is AMAZING!
Phone: (914) 295-3978