Meet Elissa Malespina
Excited to be working with all of you!
Since I most likely will not be starting for around 60 days, I thought I would take this opportunity to introduce myself.
Throughout my 15+ year career in education, I have had the opportunity to work in the classroom as a high school history teacher and as a special education teacher for students with severe emotional, mental and physical challenges. In the last 10 years I have been a Teacher Librarian at Highland Park High School, Columbia High School and most recently at South Orange Middle School in South Orange, NJ. My varied experience gives me a unique perspective toward working with students and teachers, drives my passion for infusing new technology into the curriculum and thinking outside the box to pique students’ interest and keep them engaged.
My passion is using Web 2.0 resources and tools like QR codes and Augmented Reality to make the school experience more interactive and engaging to students. I've had the opportunity to present and write about these tools and look forward to sharing all of this with you.
I am an avid sports fan. My husband and I attend every home Men’s Basketball game at our alma mater, Seton Hall. Sunday is appointment television to watch the Giants and the Jets play, dismissing the idea that one cannot root for two different teams in one sport.
Please know that this is going to be a learning curve for all of us, and there will be times when we all make mistakes. I have made tons in my life, some big, some small -mistakes are the way we learn!
More than anyone, I know that change can be hard especially when it comes to having a new Supervisor. But I do love this quote that Tony Robins said -- "Change is inevitable; Progress is optional." I hope you will be willing to take the journey with me.
As soon as I get into the district, I promise to make sure to get around to all of your schools to meet with all of you. If you need to speak with me about anything before then please feel free to reach out to me at any of the contact information below.
This is completely optional but if you would not mind, I would love it if you could send me an email telling me a little about yourself, your role in the district etc., so I can better help and support you. I would love to know the 5 (or more) must haves that you need to do your job to the best of your ability. It can be things you have now or wish list items that you would love to have. I cannot guarantee anything but knowing your must-haves will help to shape my future decisions.
Technology used to make this:
There are so many educational uses for these flyers - I have used them as newsletters and welcome letters for parents. I have had students make them for school projects. If using Smore is something you are interested in let me know and I will totally help you with any questions you may have. Below is a video tutorial about it.