Ms. Vanessa Percoco

Ms. Vanessa Percoco

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Teaching is a second career for me. My undergraduate degree is in hotel-restaurant management. Although I enjoyed working in this field, at the end of the day, it was not gratifying enough. Since becoming a teacher, I have never had that feeling again. I worked in New York City Public Schools for seven years. Four of them were as a fourth-grade teacher, and in my first year, I was a cluster math teacher. The last two years I became a math coach and worked at an elementary school implementing the new NYC math curriculum to teachers and staff.

As I begin my thirteen-year teaching at Henry Barnard, I tell people who ask me about the school that this is a teacher’s dream job. Working at HBS has given me the freedom to be creative with our fifth-grade curriculum, try a variety of programs, and utilize resources that are developmentally appropriate for the age group that I teach. My colleagues are dedicated professionals, and I am in awe of what they accomplish each year. Most important are the students that attend Henry Barnard; they are curious, confident and love to learn. I have now seen first-hand what happens when parents, teachers, and community work together to raise children (yes, it takes a village).