My name is Ms. Ida-Marie Matarazzo and I am excited to be your child's teacher this year. As a Learning Center teacher here in Ridgefield I am currently working with PSD students. In this capacity, I work with students that range from ages 3 to 5 years old. I feel strongly about teaching my students with and instilling the following core values;* Fairness* Respect* Caring* Kindness* Honesty* ResponsibilityI find these basic, core values to be paramount characteristics in myself and my students. As an educator for many years, these core values have been the focus of many state mandated social/emotional growth standards for students. I try to encourage each student to be independent, work on academic skills, build on their social/emotional skills, and work to the best of their ability each day. Another belief of mine is that it is vital for school and home to work together to ensure the best education for my students. If I make a child smile each day, I consider my day a success.