Ann Marie Zi­grossi

LAN­GUAGE ARTS & READ­ING CO-OR­DI­NA­TOR

The Kids Post - - Private Education Guide 2014 -

A lthough Ann Marie Zi­grossi has been teach­ing for 17 years, learn­ing did not always come nat­u­rally. “I strug­gled as a young stu­dent. I re­mem­ber my mom be­ing called in by my grade 3 teacher to be told that I was read­ing be­low grade level”.

Then a mem­o­rable teacher sup­ported and en­cour­aged her to take risks that al­lowed her to move for­ward in her learn­ing and keep up with her class­mates. “Thanks to this in­spir­ing per­son and mo­ti­vat­ing teacher, I knew from the age of 10 that I had to be a teacher.”

Now, she in­spires her own stu­dents. She works with boys from SK to grade 3, and they fo­cus on oral read­ing, com­pre­hen­sion and writ­ing about what they read.

Last spring, a boy brought gum­balls to share be­cause of a book they read. Zi­grossi fondly re­calls his mother say­ing it was the first time he came home talk­ing about a book. “I want boys to want to learn and I feel that my duty as a teacher is to nur­ture and in­spire their de­sire to ex­plore and dis­cover new things.” “By rec­og­niz­ing the strengths of each stu­dent, I give them strate­gies to build on th­ese, al­low­ing the stu­dent to be­come em­pow­ered to de­velop and reach his true po­ten­tial.”

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