Mrs. Baptista-Ochoa's Shining Stars

Mrs. Laura Baptista-Ochoa

Phone: 914-376-8645


Degrees and Certifications:

M.S.Ed Students With Disabilities Early Childhood Education

Mrs. Laura Baptista-Ochoa

Welcome to our class page! 

*Distance Learning Help Hours*

I will be available from 9:00am-11:00am & 2:00pm-3:30pm daily via Class Dojo and email.

For more information & assignments, please click on Distance Learning tab.


For any questions regarding your child's related services you will find their contacts below:

Speech Therapy:  

Ms. Candice

Occupational Therapy: 

Ms. Deborah Snow:


 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 7 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 toddler! We love reading books,  learning through play, and being outdoors in the sunshine!

My goal is to provide students with a learning enviornment that is welcoming, 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.



 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!"