By: Alexa M.
When I went into room 143, at lunch extra help, to interview Mrs. Menuzzo, I saw to the left, tables of desks, a long white board,and, a smart board. Straight in front of me was a row of whiteboards along the back wall, another teacher's desk with a computer, and a row of windows. To my right was Mrs. Menuzzo, sitting at her desk. The room was fairly quiet, with about five students in it, including me. Her room is very colorful and full of bright posters and pictures. There is also a row of cubbies with a lot of books in them, separated by different categories, in front of the whiteboard to my left.
Mrs. Menuzzo is one of Carle Place’s many “new” teachers for the 2016-2017 school year, having taught at Great Neck North Middle School for six years. However prior to teaching at Great Neck, Mrs. Menuzzo, taught at Carle Place Middle and High School. Among others, such as Ms. Vasilakopoulos (Ms. V), she is a teacher in the eighth grade. Mrs. Menuzzo teaches eighth grade English, but after speaking with her, I learned that her favorite subject other than English is Art. She attended Kellenberg High School, and then went to Nassau Community College for two years before moving on to C.W. Post, on a Scholarship, for two years. She also completed a two year Queens College online educational leadership course. One of her favorite things about Carle Place Middle School, is that there is more of an opportunity to get to know students outside of regular classes, hence extra help. If Mrs. Menuzzo could change one thing about Carle Place, she said would make everyone read more! Some distinct differences between Great Neck Middle School and Carle Place Middle School, for Mrs. Menuzzo, are that Carle Place is a little better at sports (Go Frogs!), and that since it is a smaller school and everyone grows up together usually, everyone within their grade knows each other well. She said that Carle Place is similar to Great Neck because all of the students are kind and nice.
I was excited to hear what kinds of books Mrs. Menuzzo would recommend, being that she is an English teacher. Mrs. Menuzzo recommends the book “Touching Spirit Bear,” for anyone who loves a good fiction book, and her favorite poems, are anything by Maya Angelou. In particular two poems she likes are “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou and “The Love Song” by J. Alfred Profrock.
Mrs. Menuzzo would describe herself as very hardworking, creative, and resourceful. Mrs. Menuzzo currently lives with her husband and her two children, Ari and Amelia. Mrs. Menuzzo told me that she became an English teacher because she has always loved reading and writing and she has always loved helping others by “taking the role of a teacher.” She loves teaching because it doesn't feel like work to her at all, it feels like fun.
Click here to read Mrs. Menuzzo's favorite poems: "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings" and "The Love Song"