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Students Interview Their New Teachers, UE’s Ms. Tonetti and LE’s Ms. Braun

MMS is a tight-knit community, but we’re always excited to welcome new people. This year, the Elementary division includes two new teachers, Ms. Braun in Lower Elementary’s IC and Ms. Tonetti, an Upper Elementary Social Studies teacher. Students in both divisions volunteered to interview their teachers to help introduce them to the broader community!

Meet Ms. Braun

Interview conducted by third graders Casilda V., Nia V., Leon A.R., and Menno L.

Where did you live in Europe (last year)?

I lived in Prague. It’s a very beautiful city, and there are lots of opportunities to teach English, including where I worked, a bilingual Montessori school. One of my good friends was teaching there for a few years, so she connected me to the school. While I was living in the Czech Republic, I traveled all over Europe.

What was your favorite country you traveled to?
I loved Italy and Spain. But I also loved going to Istanbul, which is in Turkey.

What were the different foods in Prague?
They eat Czech food: Lots of duck and sausages, dumplings, potatoes, and bread. Though I have to admit, my favorite restaurants in Prague were a Thai restaurant, Indian restaurant, and Mexican restaurant. I really love spicy food.

When were you born?
In March of 1989.

And where were you born?
I was born in a town called Waconia, Minnesota. I went to college in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I’ve also lived in Chicago, and of course Prague and now New York!

What do you like to do in your free time?
I like to spend time in the park. I love to cook and bake, especially cookies. I like to go see jazz. I like to explore different parts of the city that I’ve never been to.

Are you the oldest in your family?
I’m the oldest of three kids. I have a younger sister and younger brother, and they’re in Minnesota.

Is it cold where you lived in Minnesota?
It gets very cold and very hot. We’re on the lake all the time. In the summer, it’s 100 degrees. In the winter, it can be -20 degrees.

Why did you move to New York?
I’ve visited New York many times before. I always wanted to live here. I love the food and the people, and I liked that each neighborhood is a little bit different.

What are your parents names?
Kathy and Bob.

Meet Ms. Tonetti:

Interview conducted by fifth graders Anna B. and Ally S.
We have a new teacher in Upper El named Ms. Tonetti. Ms. Tonetti grew up in Delmar, New York. This will be her 20th year of teaching. Before she came here, Ms. Tonetti worked at the Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School.  Ms. Tonetti previously taught kindergarten and 3rd grade reading, writing, science, math, social studies, and older kids’ history. At MMS, she is a teacher in IIA, teaching 4th and 5th grade Social Studies and Geography. When Ms. Tonetti lived in Italy, she taught at a school. At that school, she taught kids English. Ms. Tonetti went to the Bank Street College of Education to learn to teach. She learned how to teach social studies and other subjects at her college. Mrs Tonetti wanted to teach because when she was little she always wanted to be a teacher. She would also play school with her friends and teach her dolls and stuffed animals. In her free time Ms. Tonetti likes to get lost in a book or cook something. Before teaching, Ms. Tonetti worked for a photographer, a film distribution company, and publishing. If she could teach another subject, Ms. Tonetti would teach language arts or she would teach Italian.

Posted on September 26, 2019 in
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