Danielle Smerina

Lead Instructor and School Building Leader

Danielle is a certified School Building Leader issued by the New York State Education Department. Danielle’s professional journey started at Brooklyn College, CUNY, where she completed a Bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology, Speech and Hearing Sciences. After college, she continued her studies at Hunter College, CUNY, where she earned a Master’s degree in Special Education Grades 1-6, Dual Certification. In addition, Danielle currently completed a Certificate of Advanced Study in School Building Leadership from The College of St. Rose/CITE. Danielle has much experience in leadership roles and decision making that impacts the overall school community and instructional practice. She has experience working as a School Building Leader from grades K-12, as well as an Academic Intervention Specialist, Special Education Teacher Support Services provider, and Special Education Teacher for Grades Pre-K- 6th Grade.

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As a teacher who taught in the public school system for about 10 years, she understands that individualizing instruction to students’ academic and social emotional levels are crucial components for students’ overall academic achievement. Danielle prides herself in aligning her personal passion projects with her professional goals. Danielle understands by using guided instruction, as well as collaborating with Related Service Providers increases students’ overall academic achievement. That is why she values Hand Over Hand’s Professional Learning Community. Hand Over Hand individualizes instruction based on a holistic view of each child.

 

Rocio Noriega

Educational Technology Specialist

Rocio earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance at the San Martin de Porres University in Lima-Peru. Thereafter, she completed an MBA at Hult International Business School of Boston. Currently, she is pursuing a Master in Business Analytics at Baruch College of New York target on becoming an expert in data research, collection, and analysis. She has hand-on experience developing business strategies and marketing plans, customer retention, market analysis, and corporate sales.

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Rocio’s greatest passion is being able to help in give back to her community, which she has done through out diverse initiatives and organizations.

Rocio has published a story titled “The Princess and the Canary” inspired by her homeland of Peru. It is story of self-love, liberation, and female empowerment. She uses poetic prose to cleverly deliver her message. In addition, she is an active part of the authors of the free audio library created for people with visual disabilities ‘En Voz Alta’ (In loud voice); launched by Bookmedia, a marketing and publishing group. Trough out their SoundCloud platform.

She loves to contribute to engaging student activities by including diversity, inclusivity, and equity for all in education. Also, she shared her knowledge as a guest speaker at conventions and universities in her home country. She is mindful that education plays an important role in the development our society. Now, she joins the “Hand Over Hand” team to continue her contribution in the development of projects pro education.

Jeanine Zaccone

Teacher 

Jeanine earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Fordham University. From there, she earned a Master of Science Degree in Education at Fordham University Graduate School of Education. Jeanine’s teaching certification is Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), with ages ranging from Pre-K to 12th grade. Upon graduation, Jeanine began her career working as an English as a New Language teacher in the public school system.

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She has worked with students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade. Jeanine has worked with students of various cultures and proficiency levels. She supports her students in four modalities of English language learning- speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Jeanine practices culturally responsive teaching. She teaches content that is culturally relevant to students and uses their background knowledge and life experiences as a foundation to build upon. Jeanine really enjoys advocating for her students and helping her students succeed.

Kiany Guider

Grant Writer and Consultant

Kiany Guider is our inaugural Hand Over Hand grant writer and consultant. In addition to an MBA with a concentration in nonprofit management, Kiany has worked with community organizations for over five years, raising over $2 million that support programs for youth, workforce development, substance abuse and more. Passionate about helping nonprofits and small businesses reach their highest potential, Kiany works with organizations that prioritize education, diversity, equity and inclusion.

Christina Tiralosi

Occupational Therapist 

My name is Christina Tiralosi and I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York.  I earned my Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Fordham University located in New York, New York and I earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy at Long Island University (LIU) located in Brooklyn, New York.  I have been practicing as an Occupational Therapist for 5 years.  Upon graduating with my Master’s in Occupational Therapy, I began my career as an independent contractor for the public school system.

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After moving to Southern California in 2016, I worked in an all-inclusive private school and eventually transitioned to early intervention and a private clinic working with children on their functional goals. I have worked with children ages birth-17 throughout my career as an OT. I was given the opportunity to become OT Clinical Director of a private clinic and am grateful for all of the things I was able to learn from that position; I left Southern California to be closer to my family, and eventually relocated back to New York. Due to circumstances surrounding COVID-19, I recently moved to McKinney, Texas. I am working full-time providing teletherapy services to a School District located in Texas. I believe with a solid foundation of trust, and a combined effort of sensory integration, motor skill development, and behavioral strategies, a child can thrive in their occupations—playing, attending school, and learning their independence. My favorite thing as a clinician is seeing a child gain confidence in themselves with slow and
steady progress.

Angela Christine

Educational Consultant

Angela completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders in 2005 at the University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg, TX.  She has been working as a Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant for 16 years, servicing children between the ages of 1-21.  She has worked in a variety of therapeutic settings including pediatric rehabilitation centers, schools, and home health.  In 2018, she earned her teaching certification in English and Special Education.  She has been working as a Special Education teacher for 3 years. Additionally, Angela is a digital creator for many educational resources that can be found at Teachers Pay Teachers.

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Gisselle Dolmo

Educational Technology Specialist

Gisselle recently graduated with a BA in Psychology from New York University. She has experience working for non-profits that advocate for the safety and well-being of all New Yorkers. Gisselle is devoted to connecting students with opportunities they deserve and wants every student to receive an education that ensures life-long success.

Gisselle joins the Hand Over Hand team to further the mission of promoting social-emotional learning and providing a safe and caring learning environment for children and adults. She believes that a positive environment goes a long way in protecting mental health and growth for all.