Middle School Teacher of the Year
Degrees and Certifications:
Ms. Beth Isenberg
Beth Isenberg began her career in the Yonkers Public Schools in 2000 in her current position as an eighth grade Social Studies Yonkers Middle High School. Assistant Principal Nasser Ibrahim nominated Ms. Isenberg and Principal Jade Sharp endorsed the nomination.
Ms. Isenberg earned a Bachelor of the Arts in Political Science from the University of Rochester; a Master of the Arts in Education – Social Studies from Manhattanville College; a Professional Certificate for School Building Leader from the College of St. Rose; and Gifted and Talented certification from Brooklyn College.
Technology integration is a hallmark of Ms. Isenberg’s teaching. By utilizing a wide variety of instructional platforms along with districtwide platforms, Ms. Isenberg noted, “the ability to extend the classroom learning beyond the classroom has led to an environment where there is an open forum where parents and students feel comfortable to communicate about any assignments and know that I will be there to answer questions. Also, parents and students know that on these platforms there is so much that I have provided that my main goal is for high standards of achievement in my subject.”
Ms. Isenberg nurtures the complex needs of middle school students. She is the faculty advisor for the Student Government, National Junior Honor Society, History Alive Club and History Day Coach. In addition, she coordinates New York Gear Up for the 7th Grade which includes college visits for middle school students, facilitates "7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens," organized Fight Against Bullying Campaign Barnes and Noble Poetry Slam, chaperoned student visits to Philadelphia and coached the City of Yonkers Annual Oratorical Contest. Cognizant that children in this age group need after school activities she initiated evening activities that included Movie Night, Paint Night, Gym Night and school dances for Halloween, Spring and Moving Up.
In the application Ms. Isenberg noted, “My teaching philosophy is to create a warm welcoming learning environment where students feel safe to learn … With the use of technology, interdisciplinary projects and alternative evaluation assessment products and strategies, my students’ curiosity in learning is peaked. This interactive cooperative learning environment allows students to be positively encouraged to develop critical thinking, collaborative, problem solving skills while actively fostering into productive and self-motivated learners. My expectation is for my students to never give up on themselves.”
When asked what she liked the most about her job, Ms. Isenberg responded, “I have impacted my student’s lives so much that they become life-long learners. Students who enter my classroom know that someone cares for their education as well as their well-being. Working in Yonkers over the years, I have crossed paths with students from a variety of different backgrounds and yet the same thing holds true year after year, that I believe in them, for they have the potential, the ability, and are capable of being empathic learners. I approach every challenge with a “can do” attitude in order to consistently put forth effort to try to effect change through building relationships with students and expanding opportunities for students to grow intellectually, emotionally, socially, and culturally.”
Beth Isenberg is a life-long resident of Westchester County. Her parents live in Florida, and her brother as well as close friends whom she considers family, are scattered across the United States and Canada.