MTA Newsletter

Ms. Ficarra's Newsletter

What is Dyslexia

I would love to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Myrna Ficarra and I am the new MTA teacher at Independence. I am very excited to be one of the new members of the Independence Team!

Here's the scoop on the newest eaglet in the group. I was born and raised in Jersey City, NJ. My parents are of Puerto Rican decent and I was fortunate enough to have been raised bilingual. I am the proud mother of a Red Raider ("WRECK'EM TECH!") and a future "So You Think You Can Dance" Winner (keeping my fingers crossed).

Prior to becoming an MTA Teacher I was a Bilingual Kindergarten Teacher, then a First Grade Teacher at Hedrick Elementary. Given my passion for reading, I fell in love with First Grade. I was amazed at the rate First Graders learn to read. They come in barely sounding out words and all of the sudden the end of the year arrives and they reading, I mean really reading and comprehending. Oh what fun!

My interest in Dyslexia and Literacy Intervention can also be attributed to those charming first graders. As a first grade teacher, I had students who struggled in reading and I desperately tried to find the strategies that would help them find that joy that reading brings for many students. It saddened me to see students that didn't want to read because of these difficulties. I sought the aid of Literacy Specialist and MTA Interventionist to guide me in helping these students become successful readers.