We at Integration Charter Schools are beyond proud and honored to present our September Teachers and Teacher Assistants of the month. September 2018 was definitely a busy month for all. Yet, these eight individuals powered through our first month of the school year with success. Jumping from one hurdle to the next, these educators definitely took the ICS core values to heart and beyond.
From Lavelle Prep Elementary School, we recognize Alison LoSavio for September Teacher of the Month and Yolanda Trokel for Teacher Assistant of the Month. Losavio, who had been with ICS for five years, said: “I feel honored because I displayed the values that ICS stands for. ”
“It’s a nice recognition to receive from your fellow coworkers,” said Trokel, “My favorite part [about ICS] is working alongside all these students and being able to work with all these amazing teachers.
From Lavelle Prep Upper School, ICS recognizes Nicole Pontebbi for September Teacher of the Month and Daniel Barrios for September Teacher Assistant of the Month. When Pontebbi learned that she had won teacher of the month, she was first surprised and then motivated to work harder than ever.
Daniel Barrios, who started this September as a Teacher Assistant shared a similar sentiment. “I feel very humbled and appreciated,” stated Barrios. “My favorite part about being a teaching assistant is the day to day interaction with the kids. I’m in the classroom with them and I’m learning along with them. In some of my classes, the kids are teaching me which reinforces them.”
The talent and dedication of the New Ventures teaching staff is beyond exceptional. New Ventures September Teacher of the month, Florence Strzebala, and September Teacher Assistant of the Month, Dana Affatigato, represent the ICS values with great distinction. Strzebala, who has been a member of the ICS family for three years, said “What I love most about working for ICS stems down to the culture that we all have adopted. ICS is supportive, understanding, trustworthy, and most importantly we are a family! My favorite part about being a teacher is being able to reach my students on an inspirational level, touching their hearts and minds. Hearing my children laugh, watching my children learn, and seeing them smile while having fun within their learning environment is definitely one of the many benefits to being a teacher!”.
Dana Affatigato, New Ventures September Teacher Assistant of the month expressed “I am extremely honored and thankful for receiving this recognition. I have a passion for the job that I do and it means so much to me to see that my work does not go unnoticed. I feel as if working for ICS has helped me grow both professionally and personally since I have started. It is so important to me to be able to work in such a welcoming environment and with people who are so caring and passionate about what they do.”
The newest addition to ICS, The Lois and Richard Nictra Early College Charter School, have been soaring beyond all expectations. Thanks to the dedicated and resilient teaching staff of Nicotra Early College Charter School, we are well on our way to becoming a beacon of early college education. For September we recognize Elizabeth Roman as the Teacher of the Month and Samathna Perrone for Teacher Assistant of the Month.
“I was very surprised”, says Perrone, “but I also feel very honored that my peers thought of me. It’s very nice that they thought of me.” Perrone, who started working at Nicotra this past summer says she enjoys the day to day interactions with her students and getting to know the students.
Elizabeth Roman, September’s Teacher of the Month said “I’m really honored. Having a one-year-old has made my work-life balance extremely difficult. So now I’m working harder and I’m working smarter. It’s an honor because it shows me that I’m truly learning how to do that.” Roman, who worked publishing but then changed careers to teaching had the following to say for future teachers considering joining ICS “Be tenacious. You are in this for the long run. It’s not a short distance race, its a marathon. You improve by sticking to it and going through it. You grow by what you go through.”