I graduated from New York University's Stern School of Business with a B.S. in Marketing, International Business, and Computer Applications. After graduation, I worked as a Systems Analyst for two years. During that time, I volunteered at a NYC After School Program for "at risk" elementary, middle, and high school students. This experience inspired me to become a New York City substitute teacher and enroll in Teachers College, Columbia University. I graduated from Teachers College with a M.A. in Elementary Inclusive Education with a Gifted Extension and became a middle school math teacher. One of my instructional approaches that has resonated with both parents and students is to integrate students' lives into classroom content. As a result, students tend to become more engaged in active inquiry in the classroom and take ownership of their learning environment. In addition, I support the notion that a teacher should celebrate students' successes and nurture their academic and personal growth. One of my successes is that all of my students have consecutively passed statewide examinations.
La Toya’s Qualifications
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business - Bachelor of Science, Marketing, International Business, and Computer Applications
Graduate Degree: Teachers College at Columbia University - Master of Arts, Elementary Inclusive Education with Gifted Extension