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Great Math Means Future Success!

My name is Nicole Severino and I am the math teacher at Z067. I grew up on Long Island where I continue to live and raise my family. I have 3 children, 2 girls and 1 boy. I have been teaching Pre-K at Z067 for 7 years! Five years prior coming to Brooklyn, I was a permanent substitute teacher on Long Island where I taught Kindergarten through 5th grade.

In June of 2015, I decided I was ready to move on and applied to The Department of Education. In September 2015, I was hired as a Pre-K classroom teacher. As the Pre-K For All program began at that time, I consider myself lucky to have been able to build the program from the beginning.

In April of 2019, I became a Math Specialty Teacher. I love teaching math and being able to focus on building mathematical skills. Building mathematical concepts in pre-K gives the students the opportunity to have a foundation and understanding that sets them up for mathematical success in their future. In my classroom, I have various centers that focus mainly on building mathematical thinking skills. The students are able to move freely around the classroom and play while building these skills.

At Z067, we use The Building Blocks Curriculum. Building Blocks Curriculum is designed to develop early mathematical knowledge that uses individual, small, and large-group activities. Building Blocks also offers interactive, hands- on activities using real-world exploration through manipulatives, computers, books, and more. Building Blocks emphasizes conceptual thinking and reasoning to improve skill acquisition and develops learning aligned with state and national standards. Each week we learn something new and build on their previous knowledge!

Math concepts we learn include:

  • Number and Operations

  • Geometry

  • Measurement

  • Patterns

  • Algebra

  • Data Analysis and Classification.

I truly enjoy watching the children grow throughout the year. It is a great privilege to be able to make positive contributions to these young children and to be part of their first school experience.

Nicole Severino- Math Teacher Z067

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