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Featured Teacher: Cristina DaCosta, All 'Hands-on' Deck

This Malverne teacher gets her special education students' involved in her lessons.

Cristina DaCosta isn't afraid to get her hands dirty to reach her special education students at in Malverne.

As you can see in the picture above, DaCosta likes to use props, and hands-on activities to engage her pupils when exploring new themes and units. Her tactile approach resonates well with the Kindergartners and first and second graders she has been teaching for the past two years in a self-contained setting.

She incorporates current technology including a Promethean board, real objects, crafts and even paints into her lessons to get her students more excited about learning.

Since earning her Bachelors’ Degree in Elementary Education and her Master’s Degree in Special Education from Long Island University, she has worked with students in Kindergarten through fourth grade, and has devoted the past four years to the Malverne school district.

As education and the world are constantly changing, so is the way children are learning each day in DaCosta's classroom. 

Kathleen November 04, 2011 at 02:44 AM
Ms. DaCosta is an amazing teacher. I am thrilled my child is a student in her class. She really knows how to reach and inspire her students.

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