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Faculty Friday: Ms. Christina Cassarini

Christina Cassarini

 

Kindergarten Teacher

 

Education: B.A. in Education and History (Double Major), Kean University; Masters Degree in Elementary Special Education (in progress), Kean University.

 

How long have you been teaching at GCS?

This is my second year teaching Kindergarten at Greenwich Catholic. Prior to coming here, I worked in the Ridgefield school system as an ABA Therapist, providing positive support to students with various behavioral issues.

 

What’s something that your class is excited about this year?

Our class works on a unit about Habitats, and when I started at GCS last year, we decided to kick it off with a field trip to the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, which the kids now look forward to every year. As we move through the habitats curriculum, the students work a group project about a specific animal; they build a sample habitat and collaborate to write about the animal’s habitat and other traits. Their projects are featured as part of the Science Fair at GCS. It’s always exciting to see how proud they are of their work, and how well they work together.

 

What skills do you hope your Kindergartners take with them to 1st Grade?

In Kindergarten we focus on building foundations for learning that the students will continue to build on throughout their career at Greenwich Catholic. The “Daily 5” is a program that starts in Kindergarten and continues through Grade 5. The program focuses comprehension, reading and writing skills using different techniques which require a mix of collaborative study and independent work. As the year progresses, it’s rewarding to see students become more confident in their knowledge, and more independent in the classroom environment.

 

Why do you like most teaching Kindergarten?

At this age, everything you teach is still new. It’s fun to teach them about things they may never have heard or thought of, and to see them have a connection with a lesson. I can’t even describe the feeling I still get the first time one of my students recognizes a new word while reading a book or on a bulletin board in our hallway. Their face lights up when they realize they’re learning to read, and that will always make me smile.

 

What keeps you busy when you’re not at GCS?

Working toward my Masters Degree keeps me busy, but I always make time for family and friends, and of course the Miami Dolphins. I also love the beach and enjoy running and sailing as long as the weather allows.

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