Mrs. Baptista-Ochoa's Shining Stars
Phone: Main Office: 914-376-8645
Degrees and Certifications:
M.S.Ed Students With Disabilities Early Childhood Education
Mrs. Laura Baptista-Ochoa
Welcome to our Class Page
A little bit about me:
I am currently teaching a (K-2) Special Class at School 17 and I have been working in Yonkers Public Schools for the last 8 years. I myself attended Yonkers Public Schools. My love of education and my dream of becoming a Teacher began at a young age and I am proud to now be working in the same district that I am a product of.
I received a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Pace University and a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education with a dual certification in Early Childhood Education and Students with Disabilities from The College Of New Rochelle.
Outside of school I love spending time with my family. I am a Mommy to one sweet and active little boy! We love reading books, learning through play, and being outdoors in the sunshine!
My goal is to provide students with a learning environment that is welcoming, nurturing, structured, fun and most importantly, a place where each student feels comfortable and safe. I look forward to working with each of my students and their families to help each child build a love of learning and reach their full potential.
2021-2022 School Year:
Hello students, parents & families and welcome to the 2021-2022 School year!
I hope that everyone has had a wonderful summer and enjoyed some much needed sunshine & relaxation while keeping safe and healthy. We are certainly living through some unexpected and challenging times. Now more than ever, we need to work as a team because as the saying goes "Team work makes the dream work"! I am excited to welcome back my students from last year and several new students too; Welcome!! Ms. Maria, Ms. Rina (our classroom aides) and I are all looking forward to being with each of you! Our class uses Class Dojo to communicate so be sure to check for an invite.
Here's to a safe school year full of fun and learning!
To My Shining Stars, Always Remember:
"Like pieces of a puzzle, we ALL fit together"
"Autism is not a disability, it's a different ability"
"It takes a village to raise a child, it takes a child with Autism to raise the consciousness of the village."
"Laugh often, Dream Big, Reach for the Stars!"