Annette Booczko. was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She attended Marquette University in Milwaukee from 1986-1990 and graduated with a BA in Elementary Education and French. She began her teaching career at Morgandale Elementary in Milwaukee. She moved to Chicago, Illinois, in 1991 with stops at Andrew Jackson Language Academy, Ruben Salazar Bilingual Center, Stockton Elementary, and for the last 9 years at Waters. There are 23 students in Room 211, mostly from the Lincoln Square and Albany Park neighborhoods. The classroom population is predominantly white with many different cultures represented including, Bosnian, Filipino, Puerto Rican, Mexican, and Ecuadorian.
They are currently immersed in a Circus Unit which they love. They highly recommend The One and Only Ivan and The Show Must Go On from the Three-Ring Rascals series by Kate Klise. As the students have become stronger independent readers, they launched Literature Circles this last semester. Read to Self or Read to Someone are some of our favorite activities throughout the day.
"The program continues to impress me year after year. Students make noticeable progress in their reading fluency and comprehension; not as obvious when looking at data is the students’ social emotional learning. I know TutorMate provides a channel for my students to express feelings and thoughts that they don’t always share with me. It also allows students to feel special every time they receive a call. A student recently referred to his tutor as, “My friend from the East Coast.” - Ms. Booczko
"TutorMate is embedded in our classroom community. We have assigned student greeters and students eagerly anticipate their sessions. Many of them make a point not to be absent on the day their session is scheduled. If by chance they’ve missed it, they’re always eager to see if it has been rescheduled. I love the new features in the program this year! I appreciate tutor messages or comments after the sessions. This allows me to address any issues immediately." - Ms. Booczko
Ms. Booczko receiving her Teacher of the Year plaque!
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