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Read all about it! Read all about it! We have a lot of new classroom teachers here this year and they are Mrs. Galanek, Mrs. LoCascio, Ms. Rondello, Ms. Menkes, Ms. Fisher, Mrs. Silverstein, and Ms. D’Arpino. They are sooo interesting! Read below to find out about them!

We have two new 4th grade teachers at Guggenheim and one of them is Mrs. Galanek. Mrs. Galanek loves her new year at Guggenheim. She's been teaching at P.S. 115 in Floral Park, Queens, for six years. Her former school was different from Guggenheim because they didn’t learn instruments. The best part about her new job is getting to work with wonderful people like faculty and students. The hardest thing about teaching is trying to help every child in her class be happy all the time. If she could do that she would be really happy! Her goals for the year are for her students to reach their academic and personal goals. What she likes about her class is that all her students are kind, polite, and considerate individuals. Mrs. Galanek is not sure if she will loop. Mrs. Galanek likes every grade. She thinks there is something special about each age and grade.

Another new teacher here at Guggenheim its Mrs. LoCascio, who teaches kindergarten. She loves her new year at Guggenheim. She says everyone is so helpful. Before she started teaching at Guggenheim she taught in Bayside. She taught Pre-K for 2 years and before that she was a teacher’s assistant. Her former school was different from Guggenheim because it had a larger population of English language learners. What Mrs. LoCasio likes best about her job is she loves to see her children learn. Her favorite thing about teaching is to see all her children be happy. Her goals for the year are to make sure all her students love school as much as they can. What she likes best about her class is that her class is full of wonderful personalities. Each child brings something special to the classroom. She hasn't thought abut looping yet but she thinks it sounds like a great idea. Mrs. LoCascio would love to teach any grade, but, kindergarten is special because she says she gets to watch the students develop during their first year of school. They become very independent.

“I love to work at Guggenheim. It’s a pleasure coming to work everyday,” said Ms. Menkes, one of Guggenheim’s new kindergarten teachers. She has never taught any grade besides kindergarten so that’s her favorite grade. Ms. Menkes’ favorite thing about her class is their willingness to learn and the smiles on their faces. “My favorite thing about teaching is the people I work with and my students.” Now you know Ms. Menkes.

We have another new teacher here! She looks like a very nice one and she is Ms. Fisher! Ms. Fisher’s new year at Guggenheim has been great. Everyone has been so kind and helpful. Ms. Fisher taught in Flushing for 2 years. Her former school was different from Guggenheim because many of her former students didn’t speak English. The best thing about her job is the students-she loves to watch them all learn. The hardest thing about teaching is making sure all of her students are learning. Her goal for this year is for all her children to be successful. Her favorite thing about her class for this year is they are all very sweet children. They always have kind things to say. Does she want to loop? She has not thought about it yet but it sounds like a good idea. Her favorite grade to teach is K/1.

Ms. Rondello, new first grade teacher, loves Guggenheim. “Everyone is so friendly and helpful,” she says. Ms. Rondello has taught at many different places. She was a teacher assistant at C.W Post Child Care, an assistant director for The Early Childhood Center, a Pre-K teacher at For Kids Only, and last but not least, she taught at P.S. 21 in the Bronx for 5 years. Mrs. Rondello’s former school was different from Guggenheim because it had close to 1000 students, 3 floors and a basement! There was also no playground, only blacktop for the children to play on. They also had a separate auditorium and cafeteria. Her favorite thing about teaching is learning new ideas from her students. The thing she likes best about her class is they are very enthusiastic learners and helpful teachers too! Her favorite grade to teach is first because she loves to see the magical change in her students. There is nothing hard about teaching for Ms. Rondello. She has wanted to teach since she was 5 years old- she has fulfilled her dream.

 

Who is Ms. D"Arpino? Ms. D’ Arpino is Guggenheim’s newest 5th grade teacher. She hasn’t taught anywhere else besides Guggenheim. Her favorite thing about her job is working with her students. “I love to teach them new and interesting things,” she says. Her goals for this year are to make sure the 5th graders enjoy their last year at Guggenheim and and are prepared for Weber. Ms. D’Arpino’s class is where everyone works together, like a team.

New teacher alert! We have another new fourth grade teacher and her name is Mrs. Silverstein! Mrs. Silverstein loves her new year at Guggenheim. She says the staff , students, and the parents have been very welcoming. Mrs. Silverstein has been working in education for the last 13 years. Her former school was different than Guggenheim because her former school was much larger with about 920 students in K-4. Her favorite thing about teaching is her fabulous, creative, fun-loving students. The hardest thing about teaching is wishing there was more time to work directly with students. Her goal for this year is for each student to know they will be a life-long reader. Mrs. Silverstein’s favorite thing about her class is that although they all are different, they all have keen senses of humor. Her favorite grade to teach is 4th grade and she loves it! 

Hey, is there some new teacher is in Mrs. Goldstein’s classroom? That is because she switched from 1st grade to 2nd this year. And she is now in Mrs. Haworth’s old classroom . She loves 2nd grade and the students in her class. Mrs. Goldstein has taught at Guggenheim for 3 years, Daly for 1 year, and in NYC for 2 years. In NYC, Mrs. Goldstein and her class traveled on class trips using the subway! Her favorite grade to teach is 2nd. Her goals for the year are to integrate technology more into her curriculum. The hardest thing about her job is making sure that she gets to meet with all of her students individually as often as possible. Mrs. Goldstein doesn’t think she will loop but she will be here at Guggenheim next year. Isn’t that great?

Guess who switched from fifth grade to fourth? It’s Mrs. Miller! Mrs. Miller says her new year is great- being in fourth grade again is a nice change. She taught fourth grade in Ozone Park, Queens, for 7 years. A different thing about her old school from Guggenheim is “I had 36 students in my class,” says Mrs. Miller. The best thing about her job is seeing a student's face when they “get it.” Mrs. Miller’s goals for the year are that all her students become responsible and independent learners. The best thing about her class is that everyone has a special talent. Mrs. Miller might loop, only Ms. Creash knows. Her favorite grade to teach is fourth.

We don’t have another new teacher but we have 2 teachers we recognize whose names have changed because they got married this summer. Ms. Rauch is now Mrs. Tarasenko and Ms. Abelson is now Mrs. Williams. Congratulations!

We are very lucky to have such wonderful teachers at Guggenheim, aren’t we?

 

 

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