English as a New Language
Degrees and Certifications:
M.Ed School Building Leadership, Bank Street College (in progress) MS Secondary English Education, Syracuse University MS Teaching English Language Learners, Syracuse University BA English, Skidmore College
Mrs. Alexandra Credendino
Hello! My name is Mrs. C and I'm the ENL teacher for Grades 5-8 at Cesar E. Chavez School.
I earned my BA in English from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, where I minored in Philosophy and was the Offprint Editor for the Skidmore News. I received dual Masters degrees in Secondary English Education and Teaching English Langauge Learners from Syracuse University, where I tutored refugee newcomers and completed my practicum in the Syracuse City School District.
I taught high school English and ESL at X329 and alternative English at X227 in New York City for three years before joining the Yonkers Public Schools team in 2014. While at Cesar E. Chavez, I have worked with grades Pre-K through 8 and enjoy my duties as ENL Coordinator, Head of the Color Guard, Co-Chair of the 8th Grade Activities Committee and Testing Coordinator. During the 2020-21 school year, I'll aslo be serving as an administrative intern through the Yonkers Urban Leadership Academy with Bank Street College of Education.
Advocacy for my students and their families is a very important part of my teaching philosophy. I believe that an ENL teacher must support students' cultures and communities in order to give them an educational experience that develops them as people--not just as students--and gives them the tools to become life-long learners and successful community members. ELLs are a special family of students at our school because grade level cohorts stay together until the students "test out" of ENL. Being part of that family and watching my students grow and achieve success is one of the very best rewards of this work!
Some of my favorite things to do are reading, writing and making art, and I especially love to do these things with my students. When I'm not at school, I like to go to the library, visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art and travel with my family. I live in New Rochelle with my husband, our four children and our cat Misty.