Degrees and Certifications:
Mrs. Ylenia Fuccilli
My journey as a teacher began in 2000 teaching Kindergarten at Our lady of Grace in Fairview to an impressionable group of youngsters who I often think about to this day. Soon after in 2001, I was fortunate enough to obtain a 6th grade teaching position here in Ridgefield, where I was educated by my beloved childhood principal, Larry Dunn, who I hold very dear to my heart. While working on my thesis and after teaching 6th grade for three years, he encouraged me to develop a Reading course for 7th grade students that would give them the strategies necessary to monitor their comprehension. Larry Dunn was the kind of principal who we could find outside at recess playing basketball with the students, and that I'll never forget. He taught me many valuable lessons that I hope my students continue to learn from me.
The fond memories I have of attending Slocum Skewes and RMHS have been kept alive by many of my colleagues. Over the past 16 years, I have been lucky enough to work alongside my favorite childhood teachers who have inspired me in many ways. I strive to instill some my own educational beliefs in my students every year.
Students of all ages require more than academic instruction in the classroom. As a teacher, I have grown to understand that a career in education is a commitment to the individual needs of my students. It is the daily challenge and extraordinary reward that we, as educators, are privileged to experience. My 17-year journey through various grade levels and classrooms has allowed me to further explore my educational philosophy:
- To encourage students to think critically and thoughtfully about ideas
- To help students feel confident about their ideas and to respect one another’s ideas
- To show students the importance of embracing diversity
- To instill in my students a feeling of empathy for others in school and in society
- To motivate students in wanting to put forth their personal best
- To promote lifelong learning
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education - Montclair State University
Masters Degree in Reading/Literacy - Fairleigh Dickinson University
Elementary School Teacher, Pre-K - 8