Ms. Zucknovich teaches 1st Grade.
What’s you favorite thing about PS/IS 217?
Zucknovich: My favorite thing about working at 217 is the relationships with students, families and other teachers. I think relationships are the most important thing in any job. I think taking a risk to learn, trust and cooperation all stem from it. There is a real sense of community at 217 and it’s what makes me want to come to work each day.
What’s your favorite thing to eat for lunch?
Lunch? What’s that? Seriously, that depends if I’m being “good” or “bad”. If I am being bad, pizza with anchovies (more than 1 slice please) and salad. If I am being good, a soup or sushi. When I am at school it’s either salad or a balance bar. Lunch is on–the-go.
If you could trade jobs with someone else for one day, what job would you choose and why?
There are more than a few jobs I’d enjoy. I think I’d like to write screenplays for movies. I can recite the lines to a movie I’ve never seen and usually get the dialogue right. I would love to write characters, especially complicated ones. I would also like to be a wedding planner or design jewelry. All are interesting jobs I think.
What was your favorite subject when you were in elementary school?
Actually, it was Spanish. Even if I was really tired I could string together a few words. I was relaxed and able to laugh at the many mistakes that I made. My Spanish is still not great but when I travel, I find locals are just as patient as my teacher was.
How do you get to work each day?
It changes literally with the weather. If it is snowing I’m on public transportation. If it is sunny (this year) I drive. There are pro’s and con’s to each. I can never decide which I prefer so I do them both.
What’s the last great book you read?
I read a lot of nonfiction "The Tipping Point" and "Micro-Trends" are two books that I enjoyed. How trends in society come about and what direction they might go is fascinating to me. I also like a good romantic classic like
"Pride and Prejudice" as well.
How has being a student changed since the time you were in elementary school?
I think for students now there is a lot more group work and explaining of your thinking. These are great changes because learning is so much less rote and students are developing a stronger understanding of what they are studying. There’s more pressure too but I think overall the changes are for the better.
What did you do on your summer vacation?
Last summer I saw a lot of family and friends and did some small trips. My favorite part was renting a beach house by the ocean. Nothing fancy just a place to cook and read and enjoy the company of friends and family. My 13 year-old niece showed my husband how to skateboard. I am still laughing at those pictures.
If you could get every student in your class to do one thing, everyday, what would it be?
I think I’d like students to be self-motivated to reflect on and revise their work. That’s a tall order I know, even for adults. Often kids are reluctant to review their work more than once. I’d love for them to develop that habit. We’re working on it!
What is your favorite event at PS/IS 217?
Definitely Spirit Week! I love dressing up-the crazier the better! I also love the PTA auction. I love to look at all those fun prizes!