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Mr.  Michael  Russoniello
Teacher on Special Assignment

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Teacher on Special Assingment (TOSA)

July 10, 2018

Dear Santa Cruz Staff,

I trust you all had a fantastic and energizing summer break.  I am so excited to start another school year with the best teachers in the district.  I thought I would take a moment and share a little about my professional experience and personal life.  I am a career educator with fourteen years experience in classrooms including grades 3-5 and 7-12, and serve as a Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) here at Santa Cruz Elementary.   I hold a standard teaching certificate in Elementary Education and Secondary Education with endorsements in middle grades science and CTE. I have a BAE from Arizona State in Elementary Education and completed my M.Ed in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University.  I am a proud Maricopa resident. I have lived and taught in the community for the past seventeen years. My educational accomplishments include: being an effective teacher at all three grade levels, establishing relationships that extend past content and grade level, being a respected teaching professional within our district and community.  As a Teacher on Special Assignment I assist with discipline, evaluations, student council and website maintenance.  

When it comes to student discipline, I believe students need immediate consequences and support, both for positive and negative behaviors. Elementary school students need consistent discipline that is firm and fair that protects the interests of all students.  Providing a safe learning environment means enforcing the district adopted handbook and utilizing resources to provide adequate emotional support through the process if needed. A former administrator always encouraged us to see students as an iceberg: we only see the surface while the real problems often remains unseen. This image resonated with me and has inspired my teaching and approach to class management ever since.  Discipline must be used as a coachable moment, but also provide consequences when students rights are hindered or violated for the betterment of the school and district; it is a combination of Love and Logic.

Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help as we head into a new school year.  I would be happy to review any procedural or systems questions you may have regarding PBIS, referrals, or anything else you may need.  It is a privilege and an honor to help in anyway possible so you can do what matters most...teach.

I look forward to seeing you all soon,

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