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AMANDA GERLITZ

FIRST GRADE TEACHER

Amanda Gerlitz was born and raised in Staten Island, New York. Amanda received her BS in Elementary Education/Special Education and Psychology from Wagner College in Staten Island. She continued her education at Wagner College and earned her MS.Ed in Literacy Birth-6, during which time she completed her thesis study entitled Effective Literacy Strategies for Pre-school Children Diagnosed with Autism. Amanda was on the Dean’s List and also a member of Kappa Delta Pi, an Education Honor Society. She received the Ann & Norbert H. Leeseberg Education Award for academic scholarship and community service.

While working towards her BS in Education, Amanda observed in various public school settings and student taught in two different ICT classrooms. After graduating, she began working at the Seton Foundation for Learning, in Staten Island, a private non-profit school for children with developmental disabilities, primarily Autism. During her time at the Seton Foundation, Amanda was first a pre-school teacher for two years, where she taught students with Autism Spectrum Disorder specifically using an Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) approach. She then worked in the Seton Foundation’s elementary school for three years, where she taught students using a variety of modalities. She also developed and implemented IEP goals and conducted IEP conferences with parents. Additionally, Amanda worked closely with the school psychologist to develop and implement behavior plans and to work with students to learn socialization skills.

Throughout her eight years of teaching, Amanda has primarily focused on the individual differences of each child and believes it is of the utmost importance to teach each child whichever way he/she learns best. As an educator, Amanda strives to utilize a multi-sensory, inquiry-based approach to learning. She incorporates technology whenever possible, into all aspects of learning, and is trained in using SMARTBoard applications. Amanda believes one of the key factors that is essential for student success is to have close teacher-parent communication.

She looks forward to forming new and renewed partnerships with her students and their families this upcoming school year!