Phone: 914-376-8580


Degrees and Certifications:

BA English and History MS Special Education and Secondary Education Trained in ABA therapy Early childhood Therapy Reading and Literacy Training

Mrs. Maria Forchetti-Paska


Welcome 2023-2024 School Year!

I will be available by email at or through messaging in Class Dojo and Clever.

I check my messages regularly so reach out if you have any concerns.

I am so excited to meet my new 7th grade students.  This will be my 9th year teaching in Yonkers Public Schools.  I am so fortunate to be at Kahlil Gibran and to teach my students for 2 years, as 7th graders and as 8th graders.  I am able to get a better understanding of their individual learning styles and academic needs.  

It is hard to believe that I am starting my 24th year as a teacher! Most of my experience is with the Special Needs population.  I have worked throughout Westchester County and The Bronx with various school districts servicing students with learning disabilities.  I also spent 5 years in The Bronx teaching ELA where I received extensive training in Literacy Acquisition.

Being a Yonkers native, I was so excited to be called to teach here.  I am a product of the Yonkers Public School System so I know Yonkers well.  I cherish my learning experience as a student and I embrace my learning as an educator.  I hope to show all my students the importance of education in and out of school.



Welcome to 7th Grade

I teach ELA, Math, Social Studies, and Science in the 15:1 Special Education class.   My students will establish their Writer's Notebook where they write entries each day. They will also create Reading Response Journals where they can practice reading strategies.

The S.S. curriculum for 7th grade is US History.  It starts with World Explorers and moves towards Westward Expansion.   

The Math curriculum this year will depend on my students' needs.  They will be assessed on prior knowledge then build on individual needs.

My 7th graders will start preparing this year for the 8th grade state science exam.  The curriculum is Living Environment.  There are many topics to cover this year, starting with matter and forces.