YONKERS, N.Y. -- Teresa Tralli, a third-grade teacher at School 22, has been named the 2014 Yonkers Public Schools Teacher of the Year and will be inducted into the Teacher Hall of Fame.
“On behalf of trustees of the board, I congratulate Teresa Tralli for this well-deserved accolade and thank her for years of service to the district; most importantly, to the students and families of School 22,” Board of Education President Nader J. Sayegh said in a statement. “She is a testament to the talented faculty within our schools.”
Tralli has implemented programs like Math Wizards, which incorporates a fun premise around the teaching of math concepts; a schoolwide Testing Rally, which helps alleviate students’ anxiety before sitting for state assessments; and the science fair, which enables students to investigate scientific principles and showcase their knowledge with the incorporation of English language arts, fine arts and public speaking.
“My philosophy of teaching begins with the students' overall feeling of comfort and safety in the classroom,” Tralli said. “I use a great deal of technology to engage the students, and lessons are differentiated to each group’s level to ensure that all students feel challenged but not frustrated. My goal is for the children to reach their highest potential academically.”
Tralli began her tenure with the Yonkers Public Schools in 1990, serving as a first-grade teacher at Scholastic Academy. In 1991, she transferred to Patricia A. DiChiaro School, and in 2005, she accepted her current position as third-grade teacher at School 22. Before teaching in the district, Tralli taught at Concord Road Elementary School in Ardsley and Fielday School in Riverdale.
The Teacher of the Year dinner honoring Tralli will be held on Tuesday, May 27, at the Fairways at Dunwoodie Golf Course at 1 Wasylenko Lane in Yonkers.
Those interested in attending should make checks payable to the Kiwanis Club of Yonkers and submit them to Sheila Mueller, Personnel/Human Resources Department, One Larkin Center, Yonkers, NY 10701.
Tickets are $60, and attendees must RSVP by Tuesday, May 20.