Teachers

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Ms.-Lew“I have been a Pre-K teacher at P.S. 132 for over ten years. I love my job! It is my joy and my privilege to learn alongside the youngest members of our school community. My goal is to teach them, help them grow, and give every single student the foundation they need to carry them through their school years and beyond.”
Ms. Lew – PK111

Ms.-Czajkowski‘A child is like a butterfly in the wind; Some can fly higher than others, but each one flies the best it can. Why compare one against the other? Each one is different. Each one is special. Each one is beautiful.’ – Author Unknown
Ms. Czajkowski – PK112

 

Ms.-Jensen“I’ve been teaching PreKindergarten at P.S. 132 for over a decade, and have loved every moment. My goal is to create a joyful learning environment, where each of my students feels safe, confident and leaves with a firm foundation for academic success at P.S. 132 and beyond.”
Mrs. Jensen – PK113

Ms.-Clarke“My name is Stacey Clarke-Fontaine ( Mrs. Clarke). I have a Masters In Early Childhood education. I have been teaching at P.S. 132 for almost 2 decades. My 3 sons graduated from P.S.132!!! My passion for teaching stems from my love of learning. I believe everyone can learn and that we should never stop learning!! My hope is to always make learning alive in my classroom.”
Mrs. Clarke-Fontaine – PK114

Ms.-Fontana“I have been a Gifted Education teacher at P.S. 132 for six years. I graduated from Hofstra University’s Honors College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations, and I currently hold a Master of Science degree from St. John’s University in both Childhood Education and Gifted Education for Grades K-12. My goal as an educator is to ensure that all students have access to relevant, meaningful and differentiated instruction that is accessible enough to nurture a love of learning and challenging enough to encourage academic growth in each student.”
Mrs. Fontana – K103

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Mrs. Gessner – K104

 

Ms.-Sampogna“I have been an early childhood teacher at PS 132 since 1996. I attended Queens College and received my bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, and Psychology. I went on to study Literacy at Adelphi University where I received my master’s degree in Literacy and became a licensed Reading teacher. As a child, I always dreamed of being a teacher. I wanted to teach children to learn in a nurturing environment, to have them value education, and for them to always strive to do their best. I am proud to say I made my dream a reality when I became a member of the staff at PS 132. It has always been and continues to be the shining star of Williamsburg! My goal as a teacher is for all my students to be successful learners and to create a classroom atmosphere that is stimulating, encouraging, and adaptive to the varied needs of all the students in my class.”
Mrs. Sampogna – K105

Ms.-Pachucki“I began my teaching career, here at P.S. 132, in 2002 after graduating Villanova University with a bachelor’s degree in English. I went on to receive my master’s degree in Childhood Education at Molloy College in 2008 and have taught early childhood the entirety of my career. I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to spend so many of my teaching years in a kindergarten classroom. There is something so special about five and six year olds; their insatiable desire to learn, their eagerness to experience new things, and their capacity to love. My educational philosophy is grounded in the belief that the role of the educator is to guide the students in self-discovery by giving them access to information and allowing them to search for answers to their questions. What that looks like on a daily basis is a lot of singing, laughing, reading, listening, playing and talking to one another throughout the school day!”
Mrs. Pachucki – K107

MsGrande-K“In 2003, I began my teaching career at P.S. 132. I have taught a range of grades and subjects. I am currently a Kindergarten teacher. Teaching this age group, I feel like I have been given an opportunity to share with children the excitement of their first school experience. My professional goal is to be a teacher that helps each child find their voice, follow their dreams, and be the best they can be. It is my hope that this lesson remains with them beyond their days in Kindergarten. I hope to be a teacher that all of my students remember with fond and loving memories.”
Mrs. Dorry – K108

Ms.-Vitale

A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind and touches a heart’
Mrs. Vitale – K-211

 

 

 

Ms.-Maio‘Education is the wings that children fly on….’
Mrs. Maio – K-211

 

 

 

MsStrocchia“I am Ms. Strocchia. I teach first grade gifted and talented. This is my first year at P.S. 132 and I am looking forward to a year of hard work and smiles.”  ‘There are thousands of languages in the world, but a smile speaks them all.’
Ms. Strocchia – 1-203

 

MsLeichman-Cahn“I am thrilled to be teaching first grade! Balancing play and practice in the classroom makes learning relevant, meaningful and fun. To me, social, emotional learning is as important as academics. For this reason, I emphasize creating community in the classroom and practice mindfulness with my students. When children are calm, focused and engaged it brings out their best self. Together, we can make this world a better place. I began teaching as a New York City Teaching Fellow over 12 years ago. I have experience as a classroom teacher and as a science and technology enrichment teacher. I specialized in environmental education for a number of years, as well.”
Mrs. Leichman-Cahn – 1-204

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Ms. Tramantano – 1-205

 

 

santiago“My passion for helping others has led me to pursue a career in education. I firmly believe that being a positive and supportive role model can help prepare children for today’s competitive society. As a first grade teacher, I will aspire to build a well-equipped classroom to provide each child a secure and stimulating environment where they can grow to meet their fullest potential. On my free time I enjoy watching soccer games and volunteering at local Catholic churches.I am thrilled to be part of the P.S.132 family , where I have the opportunity to work with both students who are eager to learn and talented teachers.”
Ms. Santiago – 1-207

Ms.-Ahn‘We hope to imbue students with an experimental, critical, ardent approach to their work and to the social problems of the world. If we can do this, we are ready to leave the future to them.’ – Lucy Sprague Mitchell, founder of Bank Street College of Education.  “As a graduate of Bank Street, I am a firm believer in educating the whole child. Each school year, it is my hope that my students are given a plethora of opportunities to utilize their intellectual, emotional, and social capabilities. I encourage my students to respect one another, as we are part of a larger community of diverse backgrounds. During my spare time I enjoy running. Currently I am training for the NYC Marathon, which will be my third marathon overall. Teaching is a passion of mine, as is running. Setting goals and accomplishing them are a great satisfaction for me!”
Ms. Ahn – 1-208

Mr.-Bacchi“Hello! My name is Mr. Bacchi and I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you and your child to second grade. I have been teaching for 18 years, 17 of those years at P.S. 132. Over the course of my career, I have taught grades 1 through 5. My teaching philosophy is to prepare my students with a well-rounded education and to shape them into becoming a productive, respectful and caring person in society. Before entering the teaching profession, I was a mortgage banker for about 6 years. I currently live on Long Island with my wife, Theresa, my two children, Gianna and Anthony, and my dog Bella. During my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, gardening, taking day trips to upstate NY and to the east end of Long Island, listening to a wide variety of music and relaxing around a fire pit.”
Mr. Bacchi – 2-102

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Ms. Kender – 2-213

 

 

 

Ms.Lugo“I have been fortunate to teach at P.S. 132 for the past 17 years. I received my Bachelor’s in Elementary Education and Psychology at Adelphi University. I went on to get my Master’s Degree at Dowling College in Literacy. My hope is for my students to enjoy school and be the best they can be!”   ‘Teachers who love teaching, teach children to love learning.’
Ms. Lugo – 2-301

ps132star“I have been teaching at PS 132 for the past 12 years. I believe in student based learning to ensure that every child’s learning style and abilities are addressed. I strive to collaborate with all the members of the school community to meet the needs of students and promote the philosophy of the school. It is my hope that this school year will be the most successful for my students both academically and socially.”
Ms. Shoremas – 3-201

Ms.-Dalton

‘It always seems impossible, until it’s done.’ – Nelson Mandela
Ms. Dalton – 3-202

 

 

 

Ms.-Commisso‘Tell me and I’ll forget. Teach me and I may remember. Involve me and I will learn.’ – Benjamin Franklin
Ms. Commisso – 3-209

 

 

Ms.-Delaportas

‘Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.’ – Albert Einstein
Ms. Delaportas – 3-210

 

 

Ms.-Conti“Each day I remind my students to try their best. I began teaching in 2005. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from SUNY Albany and a Master’s Degree in Education from Adelphi University. After teaching third grade for several years I earned a certificate in Gifted and Talented Education. My goal each school year is to create a classroom that is comfortable, safe and happy for every student. I strive to create lessons that are differentiated, challenging and meaningful.”
Ms. Conti – 4-101

Ms.-Masullo“My passion for teaching began in the year 2001. I believe that every child deserves a coach – an adult who will never give up on them, a role model who understands the power of connection and someone that insists that they work to their fullest potential. Children are truly a gift, and I consider myself lucky to have the chance to inspire them!”
Ms. Masullo – 4-302

Ms.-Faziola“I believe each and every child has the potential to bring something unique and special to the world. I will help children develop their potential by believing in them as capable individuals. I will assist children in discovering who they are, so they can express their own opinions and nurture their own ideas. I have a vision of a world where people learn to respect, accept, and embrace the differences between us, as the core of what makes life so fascinating.”
Ms. Faziola – 4-303

Ms.-Raimo“I believe education is the most powerful tool we as human beings possess. There is nothing more I enjoy than strengthening that tool within our youth. I began teaching at P.S. 132 a little over two years ago. Prior to P.S. 132, I worked for a not for profit agency assisting children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental disabilities. While I worked for this agency, I was studying at the College of Staten Island and attained my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education followed by a Master’s Degree in Elementary Special Education. I am extremely dedicated to teaching my students, especially those who tell me they “can’t do it.” I strive to prove them wrong. I enjoy creating a comfortable environment for students, where we can all laugh, discover, evaluate, create, discuss, assess, and above all learn.”
Ms. Raimo – 4/5-307

Ms.-Dillon-Kowalczyk“I have been teaching 5th Grade at P.S. 132 for 3 years now. Before becoming a teacher, I was a member of the New York City Fire Department. I served as an Emergency Medical Technician for over ten years. During my tenure I provided medical care and supported rescue operations in the aftermath of the attack of The World Trade Center 9/11. I am a mother of five wonderful children who range from ages 8 to 27 years old. I feel that by nurturing my students they can stretch their imaginations, ambitions and grow into the leaders of tomorrow. My teaching philosophy is “Tell me, I’ll forget. Show me, I may remember, but involve me, and I’ll understand.”
Mrs. Dillon-Kowalczyk – 5-304

Ms.-Gurino“This is my 3rd year teaching at P.S. 132. I have taught second, first, and now fifth grade. I hold a dual license in Common Branch General Education, and Special Education and received my Masters from St. Johns University. My passion for teaching came years prior to gaining my education degree, when I taught young children at my local dancing school, where I am still an active teacher. I am a firm believer in philanthropy, and am actively involved in and belong to many organizations. I love to give back to my community. My philosophy of teaching is, you should always remember that even as a teacher, you are learning each day, and there is always room to grow. Every child learns differently, and in different ways. It is important to instill a sense of trust in the classroom, and allow your students to feel safe. I always remind my class that when in school, we are a “family.” I feel this encourages my students to open up, break down walls, and expand their minds. Inspiring students to push themselves to achieve the highest possible goals is what I feel is most important.”
Ms. Gurino – 5-305

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Ms. Ferrara – 5-306