As an educator at P.S. 35 Franz Siegel Elementary School and an experienced private tutor, Evelisse Mercado strives to engage, challenge, and inspire growth in all her students. In the classroom, Evelisse carefully designs her curriculum to adhere to the vast range of learners in her classroom. She aligns her instruction to the Common Core State Standards to help young learners achieve the highest level of academic excellence. After teaching for a full academic year at P.S. 35 in the Bronx, Evelisse realized that her students were not only taking responsibility over their own learning, but they were also demonstrating tremendous growth.
Evelisse received a 50 percent tuition scholarship from Today’s Students Tomorrow’s Teachers to attend Pace University in Pleasantville, New York. With a 3.9 graduate grade point average, Evelisse earned a Master’s Degree in Special Education and a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. She is a member of Pi Lambda Theta National Honor Society of Educators, which helped her collaborate with educators all over the nation. Her academic excellence was highlighted on Pace University’s website and she was recognized as The Face of Pace.
Evelisse has taught in a variety of environments, working with first through third grade students, and fifth through sixth grade students. In Mount Vernon, New York, Evelisse worked as a fifth and sixth grade teacher for CDF Freedom School. In White Plains, New York, Evelisse taught decoding, phonics, and fluency skills to a diverse group of first and second grade students at The Center for Literacy Enrichment. In Valhalla, New York, Evelisse student taught and eventually became a preferential substitute for the district. She was specifically requested by most Elementary School teachers and strived to maintain classroom dynamic through effective instruction. In Mount Pleasant, New York, Evelisse volunteered as a residential tutor at the Mt. Pleasant Cottage School District, where she provided guidance and support for students who were in foster care.
In February 2013, Evelisse was thrilled to present at the 9th International Literacy Conference in Guatemala City, Guatemala. In addition to presenting Science and Mathematics concepts through children’s literature, Evelisse had the opportunity to instruct an international audience of teachers. As a result of this experience, Evelisse achieved her goal of collaborating with a diversified group of educators while becoming a reflective and well-rounded practitioner.
Evelisse currently resides in Westchester where she enjoys reading and spending time with family and friends. This year she hopes to continue to motivate and stimulate young learners into the exploration of new discoveries.