1st & 2nd Grades

Primary 1

My name is Chrissi Ives Polizzi and I am the Primary One classroom teacher. I work closely educating our first and second grade students with Alison Winters. She has her CDA Pennsylvania certificate in child care and has kept active participating in education workshops in the child care field. She has been at HGMICS for 15 years. We dedicate ourselves to our students and nurture them to grow and become reflective thinkers.

Classes are balanced with Montessori based activities and lessons that provide learning for multiple intelligences while aligning to the Common Core. We strive to keep our students engaged in all lessons and believe using many modalities is how to achieve optimal learning in the classroom. We believe it is vital to create a positive environment where students feel they are respected and give respect back.

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This is my sixth year teaching the Primary level at Howard Gardner Multiple Intelligence School. It has been such an incredible experience thus far. I was fortunate to find myself student teaching at HGS in the Pre-Primary classroom which led to substitute teaching in all grades at our school. This was an excellent opportunity because I was able to get an authentic understanding of the school and its close knitted community.

I studied Business at Drexel University and earned my B.S. in Exercise Science from the University of Tampa. I lived in Florida for many years working in the fitness industry. I found myself inspired when working with children teaching Kids Fitness Classes. Later, I moved back to PA and continued my studies. I earned my Elementary Education degree from Keystone College in 2009. I recently began teaching the yoga club for the younger students in the school, and it has been a very rewarding experience. During the summers I plan to teach a Fun and Fit Scamp at Howard Gardner and spend time with my daughter who graduated from Howard Gardner Multiple Intelligence Charter School.

The Primary Class:

Currently, we have 22 students in the Primary One class. The class consists of 11 first graders and 11 second graders. The class cooperates well and every student brings something special to our class.

What’s going on in our classroom – 
The Primary class is learning all sorts of exciting things. We will be working in Math continuing to build the foundations of basic addition and subtraction skills as well as work with both money and time. You can expect your child to learn measurement, data and graphs as well as geometry. Other Math lessons include fact families, golden bead, stamps and many other Montessori manipulatives.

The Primary class has a spelling test weekly. This year we will be using Reading Street text books, leveled reading and corresponding workbooks. Classes will be working daily in our Reading and Writing journals, as well as participating in both small group and independent work.

During the week we complete Scholastic News in which we discuss current events. We reinforce skills working on both our Smartboard and also on the ipads. Language Arts also include creative writing and also reading workshop and many hand-on Montessori Language works.

All primary students will be encouraged to work on the math IXL website. Reports are sent to the teacher, as well as the parents. Once it is set up parents can contact me with any questions. My email address

Our Primary One class has an excellent energy and we work together every day to become our best selves. I am very proud of all the students in our class and thank all the parents for being so involved in our classroom activities. Please check our sign-up genius link to volunteer to speak or do a craft with the Primary One class.

Primary 2

Welcome to Primary 2! My name is Ross Patane and I am the classroom teacher, assisted by Suppi Chandragiri. I earned a B.A. in Education from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

Last year was a lot of fun and also presented great opportunities for learning (on both the students’ and my end)! In considering the diverse needs within the classroom combined with common core expectations and maintaining an MI approach to learning, we have decided to make some structural changes to the layout of our day. This year, students will experience Literacy Blocks and Math Workshops each day so that all students will be engaged in different activities within the same subject area throughout the day. These changes are intended to enhance the learning environment and assist in meeting the individual student needs more efficiently!

Currently, there are 22 students enrolled in the Primary 2 Class, consisting of 11 second graders and 11 first graders.

We are looking forward to an awesome school year full of learning and fun! Our first order of business will be establishing and developing a positive classroom community, focusing on routines and procedures, learning all about each other, and completing some pre-assessments to determine specific individual and group needs. Additionally, our students will be exposed to and engaged in various kinds of work, including Montessori works (which will carry over from the Pre-Primary Class), small groups, whole groups, and other independent work and projects.Students are allowed a short time each day for a HEALTHY snack.

Math Practice

IXL Math Practice



Students, please remember to SIGN IN, using individual user names and passwords in order to get credit for the practice time. ×


Primary 3

My name is Olivia Patane and I am the Primary 3 Classroom teacher. I graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education and I am certified to teach grades pre-kindergarten through fourth grade in the state of Pennsylvania. In previous years, I served as the Intermediate classroom aide and as substitute teacher in all grade levels throughout the school on a daily basis. That provided me with a great understanding of our close-knit school community and the multiple intelligences that we relate our teaching and learning to. I am overjoyed to be starting my second year as the Primary 3 teacher! I am very lucky to be assisted in the classroom by Betsy Briganti. Betsy has worked with the school for the past 20 years. We look forward to an awesome school year with all of our students!

Betsy and I will work closely with our students through whole group, small group, and one on one instruction. We have 22 total students in Primary 3 ; 11 first graders and 11 second graders. Students will refer to all teachers by their first name (most students call me Liv); this is a symbol of mutual respect as we guide our students through learning. Our curriculum will be balanced with Montessori based activities which include an MI approach to learning while aligning to PA common core expectations. Students will engage in mathematics and literacy blocks, current events with the use of scholastic news, individual projects, and crafts. We will work closely with the teachers of the Primary 1 and 2 classrooms to achieve optimal learning and to provide the students with socialization among their peers. Students will also attend “specials” each day which include Music, Art, Science, Spanish, Mandarin, and Gym.

To kick our school year off we will focus on developing a positive and fun learning environment in our classroom community! We will focus on routines, learning all about each other, and complete some pre-assessments to determine specific individual and group needs. Students are allowed a short time each afternoon for a healthy snack.

We look forward to an excellent school year and to see all of our students grow both academically and socially to become our best selves!