nov. 23, 2015
Six questions in 60 seconds is the district’s new web series in which we interview Liberty Central School District staff members. This month’s interview is with Maureen Crescitelli, a Special Education teacher in the high school.
Known for her high energy, creative lessons and innovative ways of engaging students, Mrs. Crescitelli makes a positive impact each day in her classroom and throughout the school.
"Maureen works with our Life Skills students and provides them with a warm and supportive environment where they learn skills that will help them become independent adults,” said Middle/High School Principal Jack Strassman. “The program that she runs is one of our districts’ highlights.”
Mrs. Crescitelli engages her students in activities that bring classroom lessons to life. Her classroom is bright and welcoming, and invites students to be active participants in their own education. Her passion comes as no surprise, as being a teacher has been a childhood dream.
“I’ve always wanted to be a teacher,” she said. “The greatest Christmas gift I’ve ever gotten was a chalkboard when I was six years old.”
Mrs. Crescitelli grew up in Long Island with her parents who were World War II veterans.
“My parents worked very hard to support their family,” she said. “Neither of them went to college, so that was a goal they wanted for their children.”
Mrs. Crescitelli has made her family proud. She attended The National College of Education in Illinois for two years before transferring St. Joseph’s College in New York. She graduated in 1980 and married her high school sweetheart.
A teacher for thirty-five years, she still continues to make a difference each day and helps encourage her students and peers to work to the best of their ability - and then a little bit more.
“I hope every teacher feels as I do,” she said. “This is not just a job to me; it’s an adventure every day.”
Every employee plays a role in the vitality and success of the Liberty school community. Throughout the year, “Six questions” features randomly selected employees each week so staff members, parents, students and other community members can develop a more personal connection with the men and women who make this a special place to learn and work.
1. What three traits define you?
Caring: I really care about people, especially my kids (students).
Social: I love to socialize and be around people all the time.
Organized: I am usually organized. It doesn’t always seem that way if you look at my desk but I usually know where things are, except my glasses of course. I lose them on a weekly basis.
2. What is your personal philosophy?
Do the right thing; You may not always have a piece of the action, but you will always have peace of mind; Be kind to everyone.
3. What would you consider to be your greatest accomplishment?
My thirty-five years of teaching at every level. I have taught on the elementary, middle and high school level. I love teaching and I always have. I hope I have made my parents proud by being a hard worker and raising my children with my husband whom I adore.
4. Who are your biggest inspirations?
Mother Teresa: Mother Teresa has had a profound effect on the world. She helped one person at a time and gave of herself so completely.
Dolly Parton: Dolly Parton is an unbelievable artist and she just always sings from her heart.
Pope Francis: Pope Francis is going to change the world with his goodness and love for humanity. I think all three of these people live their lives in such a way that the world is a better place for having them in it.
5. What would you tell yourself at elementary school age?
I would tell myself to learn how play an instrument. I went to Parochial school and we did not have the opportunity to learn an instrument. I would love to be able to play the drums or the violin.
6. Tell us something that might surprise us about you.
Oh boy, that is tough because I feel like I am an open book! People may not know that I am an excellent swimmer. I would also love to work at Disney World one day as a character. By the time I get there maybe I could be Cinderella’s fairy God mother. Maybe when I retire and move south there will be a spot for me.
Pictured: Mrs Crescitelli stands with her students in front of their Thanksgiving themed bulletin board.