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This has been a wonderful summer! My family and I spent time together in Cape May, New Jersey where we have shared many amazing memories throughout the years. Since it is such a special place for us, this past February, closest friends and family gathered at Congress Hall in Cape May to stand as witness to my marriage to my wonderful husband, Carlos. Some of you have known me as Ms. Cacioppo but starting in September, my new name is Mrs. Gondar! For now you will still be able to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am incredibly excited to start a new chapter in our journey.
This is my 19th year as a classroom teacher. It truly brings me an enormous amount of joy to guide and encourage the growth of each group of children in the span of ten months.
I began my career at P.S. 71 in the Pelham Bay section of the Bronx, where I taught first and second grades for two incredible years. In 2002, I was fortunate enough to be hired in Scarsdale, where Quaker Ridge has since been my home. I taught kindergarten my first year and then taught first grade for over ten years. I am absolutely thrilled to be back in kindergarten and I am confident that this year is going to be full of discovery, excitement, and a solid foundation for a love of learning.
I have always felt a strong connection to the primary age group. I believe that growth, confidence, curiosity, independence, and success flourish in an environment that is structured, yet nurturing. This perspective has strengthened and evolved over the years and especially when I became a parent. My son, Michael, is now 13 years old, entering eigth grade. Experiencing these years with him has allowed me to take off my "teacher hat" and put on my "mommy hat". It has sensitized me even more to the emotional aspects both parents and students may be feeling at any particular moment. Now, I see my son in all of my students' faces. What would I wish for my son to feel, discover, and experience in school? What would I want to see, hear and experience as a parent? I raise the bar each year for myself and my classroom with these thoughts in mind.
I am truly looking forward to a wonderful year with you and your families!