“ Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” - Benjamin Franklin
The significance of these words is greater than ever today, as our children and teachers face educational experiences which lack the involvement and engagement they are accustomed to and so desire. Despite this, I believe that meaningful, enjoyable learning experiences can occur.
My name is Tracey DiGiacomo and I am not only a teacher, I am a learner. With over 20 years of teaching experience working in a variety of educational settings, I have had the privilege of not only supporting and inspiring young minds, but of learning countless life lessons from them as well.
Having grown up in Radnor Township and attended RTSD from K -12th grade, I moved to Denver after college and obtained my first teaching position as a Kindergarten teacher. The following year I followed that class, becoming their 1st grade teacher. As a 1st grade teacher, I was able to fully explore my passion for teaching, particularly the intricate process of learning to read and write the English language.
It was during my work as a 1st grade teacher that my desire to more clearly understand the needs of students having specific learning disabilities grew. As a result, I continued my professional development and obtained an M.A. in Special Education (K-12). It was then that I realized another longtime goal; to work with students living in the inner city. For the next 5 years, I supported the wide range of learning, behavioral and emotional needs of students struggling not only with specific learning disabilities but also with the many challenges of living in a low-income, high-risk community.
After 10 years of learning and growing both professionally and personally in Colorado, it was time to return to Radnor Township. I was hired by RTSD as a Learning Support/Special Education teacher at Ithan Elementary School. During this time, I became certified in The Wilson Language program, an Orton-Gillingham based approach specifically designed for students with dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities. It was also during this time that I was awarded a grant from the Radnor Education Foundation and developed the after-school tutoring program, TIES (Tutoring Ithan Elementary Students). In this program, students in need of extra support were tutored individually by members of the Radnor community. Receiving tenure, my years in RTSD were filled with continued professional growth and development.
My decision to leave my position at Ithan and raise my own children was not an easy one, yet one I will never regret. After 5 years of caring for my children, I began my private tutoring business. For the past 10 years, I have supported individual students in their academic growth in the areas of Reading, Written Language and Mathematics ( through High School Algebra 1 and Geometry).