Welcome to my classroom! My name is Elizabeth Mazzurco. This is my sixth year teaching and my fifth year teaching in Paramus, New Jersey. I earned my bachelor’s degree from Skidmore College in upstate New York, and I am finishing my master’s degree in Reading from William Paterson University this year! In my six years of teaching, I have grown a lot as an educator by constantly reflecting on my practices and trying new techniques. I hope always to keep the drive and willingness to learn along with my students.
Paramus is a large, suburban town in New Jersey about 25 miles west of New York City. I teach at Midland Elementary, one of the five elementary schools in the district. Having taught both 1st and 2nd grades, I can say that I truly love seven- and eight-year-olds and their never-ending desire to learn new things and try new ideas.
My district is very progressive, and my school is amazingly collaborative. I work with, in my opinion, some of the best and hardest working teachers in the world. I am especially grateful for the collaboration of my 2nd grade teacher-team, whose hard work and love shows in each of these units.
I am a strong supporter of character education. I work with my class each year on developing good character by leading discussions on respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, caring, fairness, and citizenship. Through ongoing bulletin boards, classroom activities, and school-wide activities, the students begin to appreciate character and notice it in other individuals as well. Our curriculum seems to grow more and more each year, but I still find it important to save some time to create well-rounded citizens.
For those of you who try out my lessons in your own classrooms, I truly hope you enjoy them. Modify them as much as needed, and feel free to share your advice and thoughts on our message board. I would love to hear from you, and I hope you enjoy these lessons as much as I do!