Tricia Switzer is an elementary school teacher beginning her eighth year of teaching, as a highly effective rated teacher, at P.S. 146 in East Harlem, New York. She holds certifications for both general and special education in grades pre- kindergarten through sixth. Tricia has been a classroom teacher in kindergarten, second, third, and fifth grade classrooms.
Tricia came to New York City after graduating from SUNY Albany with honors and a Master’s of Science in Special Education and Inclusion. Prior to attending SUNY Albany, she graduated magna cum laude from Plattsburgh State University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Childhood Education.
Along with her role as a classroom teacher, Tricia has held a variety of leadership roles for her school and the New York City Department of Education, such as Grade Leader, Grade Level Data Specialist, and the Gifted and Talented Test Coordinator. Currently, Tricia is working as a Model Teacher in district four, Manhattan. In this role she organizes school-wide professional development and hosts a lab classroom. Tricia uses her classroom as a lab-site for colleagues to observe demo lessons and engage in collaborative reflection protocols to refine teacher practice and build teacher capacity school-wide.
Aside from her work within The New York City public school system, Tricia has been a private in-home tutor and Learning Specialist for over five years. Tricia has worked with public and private school students ranging from pre-kindergarten age through eighth grade. Her sessions focus on the curriculum content of her pupil’s school, reading comprehension, responding to literature through writing, the writing process, mathematical content understanding and math fluency. She also works with students to prepare for private school and state testing. When Tricia is working with middle school students she spends time on classroom and college readiness skills.
With each student that she works with, Tricia focuses on each child’s unique learning style and interests. She is passionate about helping her students to become conceptual thinkers by making connections and building upon their prior knowledge and experiences.