By Sara Brown
Students aren’t the only ones excited and getting ready to go back to school. New teachers feel the same excitement as the students.
New teacher Antonio LaBruna and Jessica Gulizia are two of those excited new teachers. Both will be starting their teaching careers at Garfield Elementary School.
LaBruna started off a coach and soon learned that he had a passion for working with the youth. “As a coach, I worked with a lot of teachers and they kind of steered me in this direction,” he said.
For three years, he was a paraprofessional and classroom aide at Saugus Public School. This year will be his first year as a physical education teacher. “I’m not really nervous yet, surprisingly. I just want to get started,” he said.
For Gulizia, this will be her first year as a kindergarten teacher. “I have always loved kids and their willingness to learn new things. I like helping them succeed, as education is a very important part of their lives (especially this young). We not only teach them to read, write, and do math, etc.; we teach them necessary skills that are needed to succeed throughout life,” she said.
Gulizia grew up in Revere, so teaching in her hometown
holds special significance for her. “Teaching in my hometown is special to me, because it is my home and I feel comfortable here,” she said, adding, “I am excited about working in the city I grew up in.”
LaBruna grew up in Saugus but is excited to become a part of the Revere community. “I want to be a part of the community as much as I can. I also want to get involved with coaching here at the high school level,” he said.
For both, teaching is a rewarding career. “I love the moment in which I know the kids have grasped a lesson I just taught them. I also love the positive impact I will have on these kids, and I enjoy that they will look at me as a role model,” Gulizia said.
LaBruna agreed. “When they respond to you and you know you are making a difference, that’s the best part,” he said.
Gulizia admits she is a little nervous about the first day of school. She commented, “I am nervous about being just as new to the school as they are and whether or not I will be remembered as an effective teacher when the kids have grown old trying to apply what I have taught them in advanced settings. I am also nervous about meeting each…student’s needs successfully through differentiated instruction.”
However, her excitement is overriding her nerves. “I am also excited to have the responsibility of offering one of life’s greatest gifts: education,” she said.
She became a kindergarten teacher because her own kindergarten teacher was such an inspiration to her. She recalled, “I will never forget my Kindergarten teacher, Peter DiGiulio of Revere Public Schools, who had a great impact on me at such a young age. I remember how energetic he was in class and how he always supported me when needed. I always wanted to be like him if I ever were a teacher, and now that time is here.”
Both teachers have their own goals for the year.
“I want to learn as much as I can… Also, just to get the kids moving. My philosophy is to have them always moving. Hopefully, I can teach them how to have an active, healthy lifestyle,” LaBruna said.
Guilzia explained, “My goals for this year are to properly prepare the children to succeed to the next grade by using a teaching style that will help them effectively absorb information.”