My name is Jacqueline Loiacono and this is my third year in the DOE and fifth year as a teacher. I taught both 12:1:1 student-to-teacher ratios kindergarten and K-1 bridge classes. I am entering my fourth year as a second grade teacher 12:1:1 with the same students I have looped with since kindergarten. I am very grateful for my experience thus far. I have wonderful colleagues and an administration who supports me in my endeavors. I work at P.S.182 in Jamaica, Queens. I see my students as my children. I am lucky to have had such a rewarding experience with them; they have taught me a lot about myself and as an educator.
Previously, I worked as Special Education Itinerant Teacher (SEIT) and a Universal Pre-K teacher at a small preschool. I have my Master’s Degree in Early Childhood and Special Education from The College of New Rochelle. I grew up wanting to be a writer and have a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and Journalism from Manhattan College. I realized after my undergraduate program was over, that I wanted to teach children to read and write and inspire them as my teachers have inspired me.
My time in a TCICP inquiry-to-action team has been such a learning experience for me. I acquired new skills for my practice, information on my pedagogy, and how to work more productively with others while collaborating on this project. I have a wonderful family who supports me in all that I do. I want to support my students in the same way my family has encouraged me to live out my dreams. I also have the best dog in the world! Some say she is crazy, but she’s mine. I love working with children with special needs and have grown up around those with special needs my whole life. I want to help them grow and be successful despite the difficulties they face both at home and in school.
Above, you can see my paras and I after this year’s graduation performance, "Life is a Highway." To my left is Mrs. Roy and to my right is Ms. Medina. They are my right hands and I could not have done it without them. They were right there with me the first year I came into the school and I am sad to lose them next year. Their help and support will always be remembered and appreciated.