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2017 Big Apple Teacher Award for Ms. Discipio!!

2017 Big Apple Award Recipient

    Adriana DiScipio

English as a New Language Teacher, P.S. 230 Doris L. Cohen, Kensington (15K230)  

“I have an unwavering love of language,” Adriana DiScipio shares, now in her eleventh year working with (often newly arrived) English Language Learners at PS 230. “I perceive my students’ linguistic diversity as a strength and a resource.” Driven by a fundamental belief that every child can achieve success when given the right supports and opportunities, Ms. DiScipio meticulously tracks students’ progress in language and writing skills, so she knows exactly what areas they need to work on. She spends a lot of her class time deconstructing content language for her students, and works to integrate language objectives into the curriculum that meet diverse learners’ needs.

Beyond her classroom, Ms. DiScipio serves as a Learning Partners Program Model Teacher, sharing work around language learning, academic conversation, and vocabulary development with the rest of her school community. Ms. DiScipio is devoted to fostering independence in her students; as she explains, “I want them to go to sixth grade confident that they can keep up as writers.” A colleague praises her ability to reach students who initially seem reluctant to be in school without compromising rigor, saying, “Students feel safe to express themselves when they are with her.”

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