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WCNY is pleased to partner with the Syracuse City School District to launch a second season of TV Classroom beginning September 14, 2020. TV Classroom is WCNY’s instructional TV network serving thousands of SCSD students, especially those without broadband access and therefore unable to participate in SCSD online learning.  This season will feature lessons taught by SCSD educators for students in grades K-5.  The TV Classroom network will be broadcast from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays on WCNY’s Global Connect channel.  Global Connect is on 24.3 with an antenna, 1276 on Spectrum Digital, and 467 on FiOS. In addition programming will be simulcast from and via a live stream on YouTube. The lessons will also be published on demand at

WCNY launched TV Classroom on March 30 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic that caused the abrupt closure of schools for in-person learning.  Weekday classes were offered through June, with an abbreviated TV Classroom schedule during the summer.  Now WCNY continues to produce and broadcast classroom lessons as a new school year begin to meet the needs of students spending at least some of their weeks learning from home.  Subjects include ELA, ELA/Humanities, Math, Social Studies,  STEM, Arts, and Physical Education/Health.  Each day begins with a Morning Meeting that emphasizes social-emotional learning.  Some of the lessons are offered in both English and Spanish.

WCNY is committed to providing educational opportunities to audiences of all ages. WCNY’S TV Classroom allows children to continue to connect with real teachers and have the continuity of a classroom experience at home.  Although this year’s TV Classroom lessons are designed to meet SCSD curriculum goals, students throughout Central New York can enjoy and benefit this free educational content.



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ALL GRADES 9 a.m. Morning Meeting Morning Meeting Morning Meeting Morning Meeting Morning Meeting
KINDERGARTEN 9:30 a.m. ELA Math Arts ELA Math
GRADE 1 10 a.m. ELA Math Arts ELA Math
GRADE 2 10:30 a.m. ELA Math Arts ELA Math
GRADE 3 11 a.m. ELA/Humanities Math Arts ELA/Humanities Math
GRADE 4 11:30 a.m. ELA/Humanities Math Arts ELA/Humanities Math
GRADE 5 12 p.m. ELA/Humanities Math Arts ELA/Humanities Math
ALL GRADES 12:30 p.m. PE / Health PE / Health PE / Health PE / Health PE / Health
GRADES K-2 1 p.m. STEM STEM Social Studies STEM STEM
GRADES 3-5 1:30 p.m. STEM STEM Social Studies STEM STEM

Special Message: As we seek to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe, WCNY is proud to serve our community as a source of trusted information and helpful ideas.

We are pleased to partner with local school districts and arts organizations to ensure the continuation of learning, music, and art. WCNY’s TV Classroom Network provides educational broadcasts on Global Connect to help students across the region continue to learn at home, especially those without internet access.

As per the WCNY mission, we have a wealth of resources available for our community to stay connected, informed, and up-to-date about the ongoing Coronavirus situation.


Meet the Teachers!


Sean Adams

I am a Health & Fitness instructor at H.W. Smith working with students through the Peaceful Schools program. I grew up in Syracuse and am a proud graduate of Nottingham High School. I have studied communications at Monroe and Tompkins Cortland Community College. In my life path, I see myself as a future owner/CEO of OMC Clothing Brand.

Sarah Beck

My name is Sarah Beck and this will be my fifteenth year working for the Syracuse City School District. I most recently worked at Meachem Elementary School as an early reading intervention teacher. I love teaching students how to read and write, and I am passionate about helping every child reach his or her full potential!

Ashley Blood

Ashley Blood has been an elementary school teacher for ten years, teaching Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 4th grades. She recently became the Elementary Science Instructional Coach for SCSD. She loves science because it teaches you so much about the world around you.

Sophia Burden

Sophia Burden has been a teacher for about 16 years and really loves every minute of watching children learn and grow. Upon graduating from Canisius College, she began her career as an elementary teacher prior to relocating to the Syracuse area where she has been teaching ever since. Sophia has a Masters in Elementary Reading and Literacy and also completed her CAS in Educational Leadership at Syracuse University. She is currently a teacher at The Syracuse Latin School where she has the privilege of working with so many wonderful students and staff. Her favorite part of being a teacher is that she is able to build so many great relationships with her students and their families. She looks forward to being welcomed into the homes of so many 4th graders while she teaches in the WCNY TV Classroom!

Richelle Calderon

I am a Senior at Syracuse University majoring in Health and Physical Education with a double minor in Biology and Health and Wellness. I am from New York City. At SU, I have the pleasure of working as a Peer Educator Encouraging Healthy Relationships and Sexuality, a member of the Chancellor’s Task Force for Sexual and Relationship Violence and the President of the Dominican Student Association. I currently serve as the President-Elect for the Future Professional’s Section of NYS AHPERD and I am a proud Hermana of Sigma Lambda Upsilon/Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Incorporated. This “Fitness from a Distance Challenge” is important for students to complete because it gives them a break to be physically active and get their minds off everything that is going on in the world. It will give them a variety of workouts they can do while being at home and tips on how to make the exercise more or less challenging. We need to remind our students that there are ways they can be active at home and they have people who support them and want to see them healthy. Health is wealth!!

Jessica Cannizzaro

Jessica Cannizzaro started her college career at Onondaga Community College. She participated in basketball and soccer during her two years. She then transferred to Le Moyne College and graduated with a BS in Psychology and a certification in Education. Jessica has been in the Syracuse City School District for five years and currently works at Clary Middle School as a Multi-Classroom Leader.

Melanie Cifonelli

My name is Melanie Cifonelli and I am the Director of Mathematics for the Syracuse City School District. I am proud to be finishing my 32nd year as an educator in the Syracuse City School District.  It has been my pleasure to serve the school community as a teaching assistant/substitute, as an elementary teacher, as a mathematics teacher and as an instructional coach before became the Director of Mathematics. My favorite part of this job is when I am interacting with students in the classroom, listening to their thinking and watching the excitement when students are explaining something new that they learned! I hope all of our students learn to love the subject of mathematics and appreciate all of the mathematics that surrounds us every day. 

Katie Cleveland

Katie Cleveland is a teacher at Webster Elementary School. She is entering her 12th year teaching in the Syracuse City School District. She is a graduate of Corcoran High School, SUNY Geneseo, and SUNY Cortland. She loves to read, play softball, and spend time with her husband and her two sons, Tommy and Nolan.

Meg Corey

Meg is the American Heart Association’s Youth Market Director for Greater Central New York, serving K-12 students in as many as 16 counties.  A busy mom of four, runner, and health advocate, for the past 12 years she has been a wellness partner with the Syracuse City School District and an active board member of the NYS Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Central North Zone.

Dana Corcoran

Dr. Dana Corcoran is currently the Supervisor of Science and Technology in the Syracuse City School District. She oversees science and technology curricular programming in 33 schools, and supports hundreds of science and technology teachers at the K-12 level. She holds her MST from Le Moyne College, and her Ph.D. in Science Education from Syracuse University.

Ronald Cortina

Hello, my name is Ronald Cortina. I was born in Cuba and moved to Miami when I was 6. From that time until I graduated from college, I was a National member for competitive springboard/platform diving. I moved to Syracuse about 5 years ago where I have been teaching for the Syracuse City School District as a Bilingual Teacher.

Kaitlyn Curry

I am a third-grade teacher at Porter Elementary. I have been teaching in Syracuse for the past four years. I grew up on Long Island and then went to SUNY Cortland to complete my Bachelor’s degree in Inclusive Special Education. My studies at Cortland took me to Australia to teach 4th,5th, and 6th graders for a few months. When I returned, I relocated to Syracuse to work in the Syracuse City School District. I attended Syracuse University and obtained my Master’s degree in Literacy Education. In my free time you can find me travelling to new places, watching sports, hanging out with my family and friends, or tossing the ball in my backyard to my two dogs; Mallie and Kona. We are welcoming a new baby to our family in January 2021 and we could not be more excited!

Kevin Dorsey

Kevin Dorsey is an Elementary Classroom Specialist at Seymour Dual Language Academy in the Syracuse City School District. He was a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (the Grammys) for 20 years, and a member of the National Association for Music Education. He earned a Masters in Studio Jazz Writing from the University of Miami, and a Bachelors in Music Education with a Performers Certificate from the SUNY Potsdam Crane School of Music. Kevin has recorded 7 CDs and won 2 Syracuse Area Music Awards (SAMMYS).

Melicia Edwards

Melicia Edwards has been teaching for 12 years and is a second-grade teacher at Syracuse Latin School. A native of Buffalo, New York, Melicia graduated from Daemen College with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood and Special Education and a Master of Science in Literacy Education from Syracuse University. Ms. Edwards is currently working towards National Board Certification in Early and Middle Childhood Literacy in English Language Arts and is a member of the SyraFuse Fellowship. Her goal for the school year is to incorporate Virtual and Augmented Reality in her elementary classroom.

Erin Edwards

Erin is six years old and is a second-grade student at Syracuse Latin School. She enjoys crafting, playing with friends, and scooter rides around her neighborhood. She has aspirations of becoming a veterinarian and owning a toy shop.

Caitlyn Ferber

Caitlyn Ferber is the 6th grade consultant teacher at Brighton Academy. This is her seventh year working as a Special Education teacher in the Syracuse City School District. She is a Buffalo, NY native who earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Syracuse University’s School of Education. Her favorite part of working at Brighton Academy is the wonderful community who always support one another. When not teaching, Caitlyn can be found adventuring with friends and family.

Heidi Feyl-Crane

Heidi Feyl-Crane graduated with BA in Biology from SUNY Empire State College, MAT in Teaching from SUNY Empire State College, CAS in School Administration from Syracuse University. She has worked at Syracuse City School District for 10 years and is the District Science Instructional Coach.

Joshua Hammond

Joshua Hammond is a physical education teacher at Dr. Weeks Elementary School for the last two years. In his spare time he enjoys hiking with his 8-month- old daughter, playing soccer, and traveling.

Brandon Herwick

Brandon Herwick is a Physical Education Teacher in the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District and an OPEN National Trainer. He loves to dance, cook, and get out in nature.  Brandon is also a Zumba Instructor and CrossFit L1 and Kids Coach.

Jennifer Horn

I’m a Syracuse native and proud product of the Syracuse City School District. I graduated with a BS in Elementary Education from SUNY Oswego and earned a MS at Syracuse University as a Reading Specialist. I’ve been teaching in the Syracuse City School District since 2002. In my 25 years of teaching, I’ve taught all grades from Kindergarten to 6th grade, including ELL and Special Education students. More than half my career has been with first graders. I LOVE teaching first grade because it is where children blossom into readers! I enjoy working with my students to create a positive classroom climate where everything is a joyful learning experience and they develop strong growth mindsets.

Thien An Huynh

Hello my name is Thien An Huynh. I am a 4th grade teacher at Van Duyn Elementary School. I have been teaching in the SCSD for four years. I graduated from Cazenovia College with a Bachelor in Science. I continued my education from Utica College with a Masters in Liberal Studies. Lastly, I went onto SUNY Oswego to get my Masters in Education. My passion is education and my students motivate me every day! I am so excited to be a part of the TV Classroom.

Ellie Leach

Ellie Leach is the Social Studies Coach for the Syracuse City School District.  She writes curriculum and advises teachers in grades K-6.  She has a BA  in International Relations and Russian  and a Masters in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Syracuse University.

Marisa Licari

My name is Marisa Licari and I am so excited to be filming first grade reading lessons! I have been a first grade teacher for three years. Before I taught first grade, I taught second grade. I look forward to teaching you new sounds and words this year!

Matt Lochner

I was born and raised in Syracuse, NY, and I’m a proud graduate of the Syracuse City School District (Corcoran H.S / Class of 2000). I have received degrees from Syracuse University and SUNY Cortland. I’ve been married to Mindy Lochner for 9 years and have two sons, Elliott (7) and Griffin (5). In my free time I love to golf, coach my son’s baseball team, and watch SU athletics. My favorite thing about working in schools is building positive relationships with our students. I try to help create an environment that makes school feel fun and worthwhile.

Elyse Loughlin

Elyse is a Physical Education Teacher at A.W. Becker Elementary School and an OPEN National Trainer.  Elyse is a passionate and energetic teacher that cares deeply about her profession. Elyse coaches The Ravena- Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District Girls Varsity Swim Team and is a Ski Instructor.

Demetria Luces

I am a School Social Worker at Dr. Weeks Elementary. I grew up in Syracuse and am a graduate of Corcoran High School…Go Cougars!! I studied at Messiah College in PA, and received my MSW at Syracuse University. I have been working with children and families for over 19 years. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, going to SU football and basketball games, cooking/baking, singing, working out with my friends, and traveling (when I can).

Srdan Lukic

Srdan Lukic was born in Bosnia with a congenital heart defect. After two surgeries early in his life, Srdan traveled to Syracuse NY for his 3rd and final open heart surgery at age 12. Throughout his life, Srdan struggled with inactivity and obesity, eventually finding fitness which changed his life. He started a non-profit organization Fight For Heart, whose mission is to use fitness to battle the preventable risk factors for heart disease in the youth population (sedentary lifestyle, inactivity, obesity), as well as to empower, educate and promote leadership in children.

Patrick McCormick

Patrick McCormick works for the New York State Migrant Education Program, a program dedicated to ensuring that migrant children and their families are supported as they work towards completing their education. Patrick is a proud graduate of SUNY Geneseo ’15 and has lived and worked abroad in both Nicaragua and Brazil.

Trae Manzili

I am a Building Men Instructor in the Peaceful Schools organization working with students at H.W. Smith. A Syracuse native, I attended Nothingham High School (go Bulldogs!) before attending Canisius College where I graduated with a B.S. in Physical Education with a minor in Sports Psychology. I plan to attend SUNY Albany to start my master’s program in Africana Studies and after that – I will one day soon be a professor!

Brenda Moore

Brenda is a physical education teacher at Webster Elementary in the Syracuse City School District. An energetic life-long learner, she infuses her passion for living life to its fullest into everything she does. Her 20+ years of educating, coaching and facilitating have lead her to become a founding member of Positive Energy Programming, a team building organization that utilizes an experiential education model to help establish effective communication, relationship building, character development for businesses, communities and not-for-profits. “My greatest joy is seeing people grow right in front of me.”

Dr. Michael Leslie Norris

Dr. Norris is an Assistant Professor, Health and Physical Education Program Coordinator at Syracuse University. He is a member of SHAPE America and NYS Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Dr. Norris is a member of the committee designing updated learning standards for physical education for the NYS Education Department. An active supporter and advocate for schools in Central New York, he is dedicated to ensuring that all families and children have equitable access to physical activity. He is a husband, father, and proud graduate of (The) Ohio State University.

Fred Oltz

Fred Oltz has been teaching physical education here in Syracuse for fifteen years. Fred graduated from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY with a B.S. in Physical Education and a M.S. in Sports Administration. Currently he is teaching at Porter Elementary. Fred enjoys spending time with his wife (Mandi) and his children (VIola and John). Fred is also an avid sports fan, most notably NASCAR, hockey and football.

Valentina Ospina

My name is Valentina Ospina, I have a Masters in Secondary Education. I am the 8th grade science and Living Environment teacher at Clary Middle School. I love educating young minds, seeing them prosper throughout their learning, watching as they challenge themselves and accomplish their goals.

Ashley Pedrotti

I am from Syracuse, New York. I went to SUNY Brockport for undergrad and SUNY Albany for my masters. I currently live in Camillus, New York and I am a teacher at Dr. Weeks Elementary.

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I am from the Onondaga Nation. I am a junior in the Health and Physical Education Major. The Tabata challenge is important for students to complete because physical activity positively influences social, emotional and physical well-being. Stay active!

Julie Piato

Julie Piato has been a school psychologist in SCSD for 29 years.  Ms. Piato has her white belt in NIA and has been practicing mindful movement and yoga for several years.  She has a passion for bringing mindfulness practices and knowledge to students.  Ms. Piato has implemented the Mind Up and Growth Mindset curriculums in classrooms.  She helped facilitate daily yoga classes for students at the McKinley-Brighton 2019 summer school program.  She is trained in Yoga 4 Classrooms and is a certified Childlight Yoga and Mindfulness instructor. Ms. Piato teaches yoga and mindfulness in the YMCA afterschool program at McKinley-Brighton School.

Rosepisey Pich

My name is Ms. Pich. This is my second year with the Syracuse City School District. I love teaching first grade because the students are always excited to learn. My favorite subject to teach is Math.

Michael Ranlet – “Mr. Mic”

I am a Math/Science/Technology skills instructor at Syracuse STEM @Blodgett 6-8th grade. I majored in business management and marketing at the University of South Florida, am a former SAE Certified auto mechanic and have more than 15 years of experience working and consulting for motorsports teams and parts manufacturers.  I believe that you can do anything – all you need to achieve your dreams is a few tools, a little instruction and a vision in your mind. Education is your passport to the future, and tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.

Alinna Rey

Hello! My name is Alinna Rey. I am the Second Grade teacher of the Dual Language program at Seymour Dual Language Academy. This is my third year working at Seymour. In my classroom we practice kindness and give our best effort. I love to teach different cultures and I want each student to feel comfortable and loved. I cannot wait to be back at school and see my beautiful students.

Jessa Salibrici

Ms. Salibrici is an Academic Intervention Specialist (AIS) in the area of Literacy at J.T. Roberts K-8 School. She has been teaching in the Syracuse City School District since 2010; and prior to that she taught for 3 years at P.S. One in Brooklyn, NY. In 2019, Ms. Salibrici completed her coursework at Syracuse University’s CAS program (Certificate of Advanced Study), which will allow her to fulfill her dream of becoming a school leader in our district. Ms. Salibrici is a Syracuse City School Alumni, she resides in the city of Syracuse where her four children attend SCSD schools

Robert Skibinski

My name is Robert Skibinski and I am the Behavior Intervention Coordinator at Dr. Weeks Elementary School. I was raised in Cicero, NY and attended SUNY Cortland, where I received my degree in Sociology. I have been with the Syracuse City School District for 11 years, working with both students and families promoting positive communication and problem-solving skills. In my downtime, I enjoy participating in obstacle course racing and enjoying my camp on Lake Ontario.

Nick Stamoulacatos

Nick Stamoulacatos is the Supervisor of Pre-K-12 Social Studies in the Syracuse City School District located in Syracuse, NY. Prior to becoming Supervisor of Social Studies; Nick served as a social studies teacher for 12 years at West Genesee, Fowler and Nottingham High Schools.  Nick also has a passion for local history, folklore and cultural preservation in transnational communities.  In his spare time he enjoys spending time with family, friends and his dachshund Marlow.

Andrew Strack

My name is Andrew Strack and I’m a 5th grade teacher at STEAM @ Dr. King. This is my fifth year teaching. I grew up in Syracuse attending city schools and graduating from Corcoran High School. I completed my undergrad and masters through Oswego State. I wanted to give back to the community that I grew up in and fulfill my passion for helping our next generation succeed while sharing life lessons. Some day I’d like to get back into coaching sports in our district when my kids are a little older. I also enjoyed that aspect of my job and fulfilled my passion for sports.

Twan Gyder

My name is Twan Gyder. I was born and raised in Syracuse NY. I have been an educator for the SCSD for the past 18 years. I have taught in many classroom settings starting from K- 5th grade. I have worked as a Reach Associate for the past 3 years at STEAM @Dr King and I am the coordinator for the 1st ever Jr. Cadet Fire program here in CNY. I am the founder of C.O.Y which is a acronym for Cultivate Our Youth and I am the CEO of Motivational Guidance Limited liability Company. My vision is servicing youth and adults by promoting positive mindsets that unearth who they are and what is attainable for their life. Pursing my career in education helped me to realize that my leadership skills would grant me access to motivate, influence and inspire others to a higher level of education and self awareness. My Motto is: “while I educate I motivate and while I motivate I educate “.

Ashlea Vilello

Ashlea Vilello is a fourth grade teacher at Porter Elementary School. I grew up in Syracuse, NY and attended Bishop Grimes High School. I then attended Allegheny College and graduated with a degree in Psychology in 2007. The next phase of my life took me to Denali Park Alaska where I worked for 3 summers at an environmental education nonprofit agency. I then took a job as an Education Coordinator at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse where I was able to marry my love of teaching and animals in a fun exciting teaching adventure. I now work full time as a proud SCSD teacher. I’ve always been interested in science and the outdoors. When I’m not working I can usually be found outside hiking in the woods with my dog Luna or kayaking the lakes of CNY.

Heather Vincent

My name is Heather Vincent and I am a fifth-grade teacher at Steam @ Dr. King in the Syracuse City School District. This is my third-year teaching fifth-grade and I love it! Though I enjoy teaching all subjects, math is definitely my favorite. In my free time, I enjoy going on walks with my husband, traveling and spending time with my family.

Nancy L. Volk 

Nancy Volk completed her B.S. and M.Ed. from SUNY Oswego and is currently completing her CAS from Syracuse University.  She is a 3rd generation teacher in her family.  Her hometown is in Central New York where she grew up.  She taught math and science for fifteen years to middle and high school students including almost four years in central Nigeria.  She worked for the Museum of Science and Technology for Five years serving as a curriculum writer and later the Education Director.  For the past Five years, she has been working with the Syracuse City School District as the Facilitator for the Enrichment programs in seven schools that implement STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) based lessons throughout the day.  She is married to a scientist, which makes discussions at the home interesting – filled with questions and wonder. She is mom to two grown Sons who also live in the Syracuse area.

Amy Warner

My name is Amy Warner, otherwise known as Mrs. Social Studies. I have been a teacher in Syracuse City School District since 2000. I have three NY State Teaching Certifications: Kindergarten through 12th grade Social Studies, Elementary Education and Special Education. I am very excited to be a SCSD Demonstration teacher!

Allia Williams

I am a social worker for 8th grade at Grant Middle School. I am a mother and a wife. I attended Canisius College dual majoring in Psychology and Criminal Justice for my bachelors. I attended Morgan State University for my Masters in Social Work. What I love most about my job is working with the students and building stronger connections between the family and the school.

Rhonda Zajac

Rhonda Zajac is the Director of English Language Arts for the Syracuse City School District.  This is her 26th year working for the district.  She started her career as a sixth-grade teacher at Hughes Magnet School where she worked for ten years.  She served the SCSD as a teacher, instructional coach, and school administrator before coming into her current position.  She says the best thing about her job is being able to work with all students and teachers from across the district. She is also the proud mom of two teenage boys, Ryan and Sean.

Thank you to our partners, the Syracuse City School District and the City of Syracuse!

Superintendent Jaime Alicea, Syracuse City School District, speaks about the TV Classroom network.

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The TV Classroom Network is made possible by the generous support of Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists, National Grid, Geddes Federal Savings and Loan Association, and Faith Heritage School.

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