Jamie Gambuzza is certainly a Teacher Who Rocks. She is my Reading Specialist/Academic Skills teacher at Hudson Maxim School in Hopatcong and has brought our remediation program to new heights. She is truly passionate about teaching, making teaching students to read her top priority. She spends countless hours thinking of different ways to help students learn to read, as she recognizes that each student has different needs.
On a professional level, she is what every principal needs and treasures within a building. She acts as a support to her fellow colleagues, guiding them with reading techniques and strategies. She serves as an active member of our Intervention and Referral Services Committee and strives very hard to make improvements within our school. It is important to her that our staff works as a team to improve the overall academic needs of students in terms of reading. She is constantly researching different strategies to help both teachers and students. She assesses needs by using various data collection programs and can produce a report showing student progress in seconds.
One would want to spend hours in Mrs. Gambuzza’s classroom and sometimes students do not want to leave to return to their own classrooms. Her literacy rich classroom is filled with student activity, whether it is students reading on their bean bags chairs, videotaping their reading progress, or working one on one with Mrs. Gambuzza using her newly implemented program within her classroom, The Daily Five. Mrs. Gambuzza truly enjoys her job and can be witnessed laughing and having fun with her students. Her most recent effort to show the importance of reading included organizing a pajama drive within our school. However, this event wasn’t only about pajamas. It was of course related to Reading. For every pair of pajamas that our school community donated, Scholastic donated a book to a needy child. I wish all of you could have witnessed the excitement on Mrs. Gambuzza’s face when our 100th pair of pajamas was sent into Hudson Maxim School. It is this enthusiasm and dedication to students that makes HER Absolutely Rock! Thank you, Mrs. Gambuzza. You are a Rock Star at Hudson Maxim School.
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