Brittany Cogan is the 3rd grade special education co-teacher at the Ramaz School. Previously Brittany taught second grade at the SAR Academy in Riverdale. Born into a family of educators, Brittany has always been passionate about helping students achieve success in learning. At Bank Street College of Education, Brittany received a Master’s degree in the Dual Certification Childhood General and Special Education program. Brittany has always loved to learn and instills this passion into her students. Teaching in an open-classroom environment that fosters the inclusion of small learning groups, Brittany has learned to value a community of learning differences and to meet the needs of the individual child.
Brittany uses a balanced literacy approach in her teaching style in order to engage her students to be active readers and listeners during guided reading activities. Brittany believes in modeling internal dialogue in order to enhance expression of the text and help her students comprehend successfully.
Brittany believes in helping children feel ultimately successful by instilling in them the confidence and motivation to work beyond their limits. Brittany encompasses an environment that welcomes mistakes, so that greater learning is achieved. Brittany is skilled in Fountas and Pinnell Balanced Literacy Program, Singapore Math, and Preventing Academic Failure (PAF), an Orton-Gillingham based approach, which she uses in her classroom and as a private tutor.
In her free time, Brittany enjoys running in Central Park, playing basketball, skiing, cycling, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.