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Mrs. Gondar

This is my 24th 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 have hopped between kindergarten and first grade 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 a structured yet nurturing environment.  This perspective has strengthened and evolved over the years, and especially when I became a parent.  My son, Michael,  is now 17 years old, entering his Senior year at Edgemont Jr/Sr High School.  I cannot believe my "little" guy will be applying to colleges this year.  Experiencing his school years with him has allowed me to take off my "teacher hat" and put on my "mommy hat".  I look back and remember his early years in school.  It has sensitized me even more to the emotional aspects both parents and students may be feeling at any particular moment. 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!