Crescitelli answers 6 questions in 60 seconds

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.

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