Ms. Kara Scagliola
Special Education and ENL Teacher
I have worked with high school students in New York City for the past 5 years in both the Bronx and in Queens. I have been able to focus my work with students who know multiple languages, and to grow students' abilities to read and write. I have also taught in English and History classrooms at the high school level. Another focus of my career so far has been to ensure students are college and career ready through working on skills in school that students need to succeed beyond the classroom.
I received my BA in American Studies with a focus on Power, Politics and Institutions from Fordham University in the Bronx in 2014. I was accepted into the Urban Teaching Residency, which is a teaching program committed to serving underperforming schools, which provided me with my Certification in Special Education and my Masters of Science in Education from Hunter College in 2016. Since then, I was also afforded the opportunity to join the Multilingual Learners Project associated with CCNY, where I became dually certified in Teaching English as a New Language. Last summer, I was also able to travel to Spain through a Fund for Teachers Grant, where I experienced language immersion, and was able to attend an international Colloquium to learn about how language and identity effect immigrant students in the classroom with perspectives presented from experts from all over the world.
I am extremely excited to join the School in the Square team. Knowing what students need to succeed at the secondary level, I look forward to working with students to get ready to become more independent learners. I especially look forward to being able to have the space provided through the structures of School in the Square to work with students on specific skills they might need. I also look forward to being part of a school where community is in its name and mission, in a neighborhood such as Washington Heights that has cultivated such a strong sense of community in itself.