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Mrs. Rina Hartigan
Hello and welcome! My name is Mrs. Rina Hartigan and I am SO excited to be a part of the Plaza team for the ninth year! More importantly, I am thrilled to be your child's 1st grade teacher! It’s going to be a fun year full of learning and tons of new adventures. Of course, I want to know all about each of you, but I’m going to tell you a few things about me first:
I was born and raised in Massapequa and I am the youngest of FIVE. I have four older brothers, so naturally I grew up playing every sport! After high school, I moved to Philadelphia, PA to attend St. Joseph’s University. There, I received my degree in Elementary (K-6) and Special (K-12) Education. I also minored in Spanish. Four years later, I moved back to NY and received my Masters in Literacy Education at Queens College. I now hold 7 different professional teaching certifications.
I have previously taught Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade in the New York City Department of Education. I have been a Reading Teacher here at Plaza for 5 years, and am beyond excited to be a part of the wonderful team of 1st grade teachers for a fourth year. Teaching children is truly my passion! I have 3 amazing little boys of my own. I love to read, run, play sports, and spend lots of time with my family.
In 2017, I am proud to share that I received the NY State English Council "Early Career Scholarship" award for new teachers who have excelled in content delivery, used innovative teaching strategies, and/or served the school or district as an emerging leader. Members of Plaza's Team ORCHID wrote a story that documented my trip to Albany to receive the award. Click Here to See!
I look forward to working with you to ensure that your child has a successful and magnificent school year!