6th - 8th grade Math - Antoinette Tessaro

Antoinette Tessaro
Antoinette Tessaro

Education: Mrs. Tessaro graduated from Columbia University with her Bachelors degree in Economics-Political Science and her Masters degree in Mathematics Education.

Teaching Experience: Mrs. Tessaro started teaching as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay in 2001. She taught Accounting, Mathematics, and English at the Farmers' Cooperative and the local school. When she finished her volunteer service, Mrs. Tessaro started teaching Mathematics full time in New York City at a large public middle school, MS 44, as a Peace Corps Fellow. While at MS 44, Mrs. Tessaro wrote a winning grant for NASA, and the school was one of the first 50 NASA Explorer Schools. Since then, Mrs. Tessaro has taught at independent and boarding schools in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and California, most recently at Francis Parker School.  With more than 15 years of experience, Mrs. Tessaro has taught diverse levels of students and developed a variety of curricula. She enjoys interactive and exploratory curriculum the most, and believes project-based learning provides the best opportunity for students to enrich their learning journey with meaningful and adaptable lessons.

Hobbies: Reading, Sewing/Crafts, Camping, Hiking, Scuba Diving, Surfing, Coaching Field Hockey and Lacrosse, and spending time with my family.

Favorite Books/Things to Read: As a child, I loved reading Clifford, Nancy Drew, and Choose Your Own Adventures. Now, I lean toward science fiction and non-fiction, and read the New York Times, National Geographic, and Times Magazine regularly. My favorites are Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift, The Odyssey by Homer, The Lord of Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin, and Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand.

Fun Facts: Mrs. Tessaro is an avid scuba diver, and recently dived to a sunken submarine in Cuba and the coral reefs in Fiji. Her family also travels in their RV every summer, and their longest trip was to Mt Rushmore.

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