WCNY and Syracuse City School District Partner to Create the TV Classroom Network
WCNY’s TV Classroom network is for students in grades K-12 and provide curriculum on the subjects of ELA, math, science, health and physical education, history, and social studies. With schools closed and many children without internet access, 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 in Syracuse and across the 19 counties in Central New York.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Erin Emanuele is an 8th grade math teacher at Roberts PreK-8 in the Syracuse City School District. Erin is originally from Long Island, New York. She moved to Syracuse in 2015 for graduate studies at Syracuse University. Prior to becoming a teacher, she worked as a public health researcher. However, having always loved math, she went into the classroom in hopes of inspiring and supporting her students’ thinking. When she’s not in the classroom, she’s either walking her two dogs (Rudy and Charlotte), rock climbing, or binge watching her favorite TV shows.
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.
Kate has been an elementary teacher, instructional coach, literacy administrator, curriculum author, graduate professor, and education consultant. Before returning to her roots in CNY, Kate lived in Washington, D.C., where she was Director of Literacy at the acclaimed E.L. Haynes Public Charter School. Today, as a literacy-focused consultant, Kate is proud to work with schools and education organizations across the country to support best practices in K-8 literacy instruction. She and her husband are raising two delightful bookworms in Cazenovia, NY. Kate holds a BA from Davidson College and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from American University.
Megan Herbst is a 7th grade science teacher at Brighton Academy. She went to SUNY ESF for her undergraduate program in Environmental Resources Engineering and did her masters in education at NYU. She has found my passion in teaching, her favorite thing is when a student is so excited to answer a question that they are jumping out of their chair trying to get her to call on them.
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.
Gala Hughley is originally from Cleveland, Ohio and loves teaching mathematics! She is a graduate of Xavier University, in Cincinnati, Ohio, and is scheduled to graduate with her Master’s Degree from Syracuse University this coming May! Gala has taught for 3 years at Brighton Academy in the Syracuse City School district, teaching math for grades 6, 7 and 8. She is currently a teacher leader at Brighton Academy serving as the Mathematics Multi-Classroom Leader and a valued member of Brighton’s Instructional Leadership Team.
Kelli Johnson is the Reading Coach Director at The Reading League. She began her career as an elementary school teacher and, after nine years, began teaching (under)graduate courses and supervising student teachers at Syracuse University. Kelli also served as an Elementary Literacy Specialist for a federally-funded research project and as an independent consultant for public and private schools in Central and Northern New York. Kelli received her degree in Elementary Education from SUNY-Geneseo and graduated from Syracuse University with an M.S. in Learning Disabilities, where she studied under Dr. Benita Blachman.
Whitney Lash-Marshall serves as the Executive Director of Baltimore Woods Nature Center in Marcellus, NY, where she works to steward a 182-acre preserve and help connect the Central New York community to nature. A firm believer in the “hands-on, minds-on” model of science education and exploration, she oversees a team that provides year-round experiences for people of all ages to engage in environmental education, recreation, research, and outdoor play. An early explorer of all things outdoors, she holds a Ph.D. in Environmental and Natural Resource Policy from SUNY-ESF where she spent several years teaching in the fields of biology and environmental science.
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.
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 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.
Joanna Masingila is Dean of the School of Education at Syracuse University and a professor of mathematics and mathematics education. She has been at Syracuse University since finishing her Ph.D. in mathematics education at Indiana University-Bloomington in 1992. Prior to her doctoral work, she taught students mathematics at the secondary level for six years in Indiana. Joanna has worked with many mathematics teachers in the Syracuse City School District and her two children are graduates of SCSD. Joanna lives in Syracuse with her husband, Adamson, and two cats. Joanna and Adamson enjoy spending time with their 19-month-old twin granddaughters and traveling to Kenya to visit Adamson’s family.
My name is Sandra McKenney and I teach at Seymour Dual Language Academy. I have moved many times in my life and I have had a chance to teach in different schools in New York State and at a International School in Zurich, Switzerland. When I am not working, I love to travel with my family. We have visited 5 different continents around the world, 40 different countries, and 100+ cities. We think of traveling as a way of learning about other people, we get to taste delicious food, and we get to admire buildings and landscapes far away.
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.
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.
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.
Katie Sojewicz is a Reading Coach with the Reading League. She works with Hannibal Central School District as part of the Oswego County Literacy Initiative. Katie is an adjunct professor at SUNY-Oswego, where she teaches courses in the Childhood Education Grad Program. Katie taught for 16 years in the Syracuse City School District in Grades K-3. She was also a Reading Specialist and Staff Development Facilitator. Katie received her undergraduate degree from SUNY-Geneseo and graduated from SUNY-Cortland with an M.S. in Literacy. She has been a member of the Syracuse City School District Board of Education for 5 years and currently serves as President.
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.
Derek Stoll is a 6th grade teacher from the Expeditionary Learning Middle School (ELMS) which is a middle school in the Syracuse City School District. I have worked at ELMS, inspired from EL Education, as a math teacher for 5 years. I have also worked in EL schools for a total 10 years as a teacher, teaching assistant and 1:1 aide. I am inspired by my students passion and drive to complete project based curriculum with a high emphasis on high quality work and service to our Syracuse Community.
George Theoharis, Ph.D
George Theoharis, Ph.D., is of Professor of Teaching and Leadership at Syracuse University. He has experience as a principal and teacher; at SU he served as Department Chair, Associate Dean for Urban Partnerships, and Director of Field Relations. His work preparing leaders and teacher as well as partnering with schools focuses on issues of equity, justice, diversity, inclusion, and school reform. George’s work bridges the worlds of K-12 schools and higher education. He writes for public audiences in: The School Administrator, The Washington Post, The Root, and The Syracuse Post-Standard as well in many books and other articles.
Benjamin Trowbridge is a Senior Education Coordinator at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo. In this role I serve to provide educational programming, animal care, and manage our ZooGuide program. Being from Baldwinsville NY and a SUNY ESF graduate I am grateful to pursue my career so close to home. Coming to the zoo as a child has always been a fond memory and I never would have imagined someday that I would be working here.
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.
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!
Mayor Ben Walsh, City of Syracuse, supports the TV Classroom network.
Remarks from Superintendent Alicea and Mayor Ben Walsh.
The TV Classroom Network is made possible by the generous support of the Community Foundation of Central New York, the Allyn Foundation, United Way, the Literacy Coalition, National Grid, Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists, Geddes Federal Savings, and Prevention Network.
Dr. Shiu-Kai Chin and Dr. Linda Milosky
Lynne and Carl Ahnert
Dorian Friedman and Family
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