Welcome to My Classroom
Teacher: Jessica Catalano-McCloskey
Phone: 798 - 2700
I have been teaching since 2001. I have taught in several other public school districts before settling into Medina. My teaching experience includes teaching as an elementary classroom teacher for grades two and three and as a reading specialist for kindergarten through grade eight. I have been working as a reading specialist in the Medina Central School District since 2006.
I am a proud graduate of Kenmore West High School. I attended Canisius College and earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. I completed my master’s degree at the University at Buffalo as a reading specialist.
I became interested in teaching through a hobby I enjoy. I ride horses and have been doing so since I was a child. I began volunteering as a therapeutic riding instructor in a local program and very much liked helping others find success and learn new things. This experience inspired me to want to make teaching a career.
I continue to be a very active equestrian athlete. I ride several times a week with a trainer to strive to be the best hunter and jumper rider I can be. My favorite place to be, when I am not at school, is at the barn. I enjoy spending time with my horse and riding as much as possible.
I am just as passionate about teaching reading as I am riding horses. My goals are to help the students I work with to enjoy reading and become skilled, thoughtful readers. Helping readers find that reading can be fun even when it is challenging is important to me.
During the COVID-19 shutdown, all classes can access information via Google Classroom. Links can be found here :
6th grade ELA Block 1: https://classroom.google.
com/c/NDE4NDk2MTY1NDha6th grade ELA Block 2: https://classroom.google. com/c/NDE4NDk2MTY1Njda6th grade Reading Period 1: https://classroom.google. com/c/NDE5MjgzMzY5Mzha6th grade Reading Period 6: https://classroom.google. com/c/Mzc4MDczMzEwNzla7th grade ELA Period 5 : https://classroom. google.com/c/Mzc4MDczMzExMDFa (Please email Mrs. Catalano-McCloskey if you need the access code)7th Grade Reading Period 3: https://classroom.google. com/c/NDE5Mjg3MDE0OTNa7th Grade Reading Period 4: https://classroom.google. com/c/NDE5Mjg3MDE1MzJa7th Grade Reading Period 9: https://classroom.google. com/c/Mzc4MDczMzEwNTFa