Ann Marie Zigrossi
LANGUAGE ARTS & READING CO-ORDINATOR
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.”