Chessa is thrilled to have been teaching first grade at PS 527 since 2013. She values the school's strong sense of community and interest in improving our world through a commitment to educate, inform and motivate our students. She particularly enjoys teaching the first grade study of Food Around the World, because children are able to expand their understanding of the way others live through a relatable and tangible subject. She looks forward to continuing to collaborate with her colleagues, students and families in order to cultivate successful, compassionate and happy children. Chessa grew up in New York City before moving to Lewisburg, PA to attend Bucknell University. At Bucknell, Chessa majored in English and Sociology and ran for the track team. Back in New York, she attended Bank Street College of Education and earned a Master's Degree in Childhood Education while working as an assistant teacher at Claremont Preparatory School (now Léman) in lower Manhattan. She taught Kindergarten and first grade. After completing her graduate work and earning her New York State teaching certificate, she joined The Chapin School as an associate second grade teacher. In 2012 she accepted a head teaching position at Philosophy Day School where she and an assistant teacher taught the Kindergarten class. During her ten years of teaching, Chessa has developed a hands-on, responsive, inquiry-based approach with her students. Most importantly, she gets to know each child in her classroom and facilitates learning experiences on an individualized basis. During the summer of 2009, Chessa traveled to Uganda with a group of Bank Street students and a professor to teach at a primary school and learn together about how to incorporate multi-sensory techniques into teaching. Above all, this incredible experience taught her that children everywhere, regardless of circumstance, share qualities that are the true essence of childhood. Children inspire Chessa each day at PS 527 and she feels honored to have the precious opportunity to influence the lives of her students.