My name is Ms. Jaclyn, I am one of the Lead K-8 ELA and Math teachers as well as K-2 STEAM instructors here at Tip-Top Brain! In my free time, I enjoy crafting as well as spending time with my family and friends. I am originally from New Jersey and am excited to explore all Astoria has to offer. My students inspire me everyday to become a better educator and learn different approaches to best meet their needs.
For my undergraduate degree, I attended Ramapo College of New Jersey with a major in Elementary Education and a minor in literature. I was inducted into three honor societies: Alpha Lambda Delta, National Society for Collegiate Scholars, and Kappa Delta Pi. During my student teaching, I was nominated out of all of my peers at the college by my professors as student teacher of the year in the state of New Jersey. I continued on at Ramapo College and received my Master’s in Special Education in May of 2022. I wrote my Master’s thesis on the effects of inclusion of students with Autism with their typically developed peers.
As a special education teacher, my goal is to find out how each one of my students best learns and use their unique needs to instruct them better in that manner. Throughout my experiences in education, I discovered that many students can not learn using the typical approach (i.e., listening to a teacher lecture at the front of the classroom), which is why I have employed the use of multi-sensory learning in my classrooms. During my time teaching in New Jersey, I obtained certification in the Orton Gillingham approach of Literacy Instruction. From which methods, I have tried to weave multisensory learning into all my teaching beyond just reading. It is my goal and passion to help all students, no matter their abilities, to learn and thrive at school.
I love working at Tip-Top Brain because it is a positive and welcoming environment where students feel safe to take risks to grow both academically and emotionally. My favorite part of the experience has been working with our incredibly motivated group of young learners who in a short period of time have made great growth and accomplishments; I cannot wait to be a part of their future success.