Second Grade Teacher
Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. ~ Benjamin Franklin
Welcome SUPER Second Graders!
I am very excited that you will be in our classroom. You are about to begin an exciting learning adventure. You will read independently, be responsible for all your own materials, make new friends, and grow and grow in so many ways. You will travel on a safari and to the Moon, dig in the desert, learn about habitats, grow your own plants and learn about life in your community. We will problem solve and experiment. We will have 180 days together and I think that you’ll be amazed at whom you’ve become and how much you’ve accomplished when you leave Second Grade.
I would like to welcome Miss Z. to our classroom. She is working on her Master's Degree in Education from the University of Bridgeport.
So, enjoy your summer break! Take lots of time to read and be ready to put on your superhero capes this fall! I can't wait to fly through Second Grade with you!
Contact: Email Ms. DiMaio
About Ms. DiMaio:
I have always loved teaching, even as a little girl! I come from a family of teachers. I have been teaching since I was in fifth grade when I decided to approach my teacher and principal about starting a tutoring program for the K-2 students. I set up everything so that our fifth and sixth graders were able support all of the young readers in our school with specific goals and expectations. Today, I love watching students soar in second grade, as they put on their superhero capes and fly through the expectations for second grade!
I have been privileged to be on the faculty of Salem since 2001, except when I was able to spend a year working with the talented staff at Maple Hill School. As a veteran member of the staff, I can share that Salem is a very special place for students to learn and grow. It is a second home for me. Salem is a close knit little neighborhood school that allows for every child to to grow into the person they hope to be.
Education: MS: Education, Post University (Concentration in Teaching and Learning)
BS: Elementary Education, University of Rhode Island (Double Major: Elementary Ed./Communicative Disorders)
Years of Experience: 20+ wonderful years
Years Working in Naugatuck Schools: 17+ wonderful years
Award Recognition: Connecticut Association of Schools ~ Teacher of Excellence 2011
A few of my favorite things: I love my family and friends, my dog, my gray grand-kitties, teaching, shopping, iced tea, chocolate, chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate!
Classes I Teach or Have Taught: I have been teaching Second Grade since 2005. Prior to Second Grade, I taught First Grade.
A fun fact about me: I love taking walks on the beach with my dog!
Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants Live Event with Céline Cousteau
Students were able to ask questions during a Live Event with Céline Cousteau. She is founder and executive director of CauseCentric Productions, a non-profit organization creating cause focused multi-media content. She's a member of the World Economic Forum Council on Oceans and is fluent in three languages. Céline is the daughter of ocean explorer and filmmaker Jean-Michel Cousteau and granddaughter of the legendary Jacques Yves Cousteau. Her current major work is a multimedia project and engagement campaign Tribes on the Edge based on the indigenous tribes of the Vale do Javari reserve in the Brazilian Amazon.
Journey to Indonesia
Students are sharing in the journey of Riley - a Fulbright Scholar through the Reach the World Proram living and teaching in Indonesia. Students have the opportunity to chat live and see photos and videos as Riley experiences life in Indonesia. Students are learning the language - ask you child about the phrase..
Zebra Shark Training
(March 28, 2019)
(October 16, 2018)
Students were able to participate in two Live Interactive events through Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants/National Geographic.
Zebra Shark Training - Live Event (October)
Tour de France
On Monday December 17, 2018 our class will be having a LIVE Streamed event with our Reach the World partner in Paris France.
Students will be able to talk directly with our Fulbright Scholar Gerard.