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Dalessandro
Allison Dalessandro

3rd Grade Teacher

Personal Profile
My husband, Kevin, and I and have 2 children, Faith and Grace. I grew up in Leonia, NJ, and we now live in Ringwood. We love traveling and spend most of our summer at the shore. My favorite activity is reading, especially while enjoying the beach. I also enjoy spending time with my family and friends, and making memories for my girls! Once a month, the girls and I enjoy cooking meals for children with cancer at Tomorrow’s Children through Healing Meals. I also enjoy spending some of my free time creating and developing new ideas for my classroom. I love learning new things and have a list of things to learn for the future, such as planting a garden, sewing and playing the drums.

Professional Profile
I started my teaching career teaching 1st grade. I spent time in two different schools and taught 1st grade for 17 years. In 2005, I was asked to move to 3rd grade and loved it! I have my BA in Elementary Education from Felician College, where I also double majored in graphic design. I completed my Masters Degree in Reading from Long Island University. I continually attend workshops and courses, keeping up with the most innovative teaching trends. God was the reason I found myself accepting a position at Eastern Christian. After teaching for 17 years, I was not looking to leave my position in Wyckoff. One day, I met with Mrs. Bottge for a conference, and as I was leaving, she mentioned a 3rd grade opening at ECES for the fall of 2015. As I walked out to my car, God started whispering to me that this might be a great opportunity that I should consider. Over the next few days I couldn’t stop thinking about this new door that God was opening for me; the Spirit was definitely moving in me. A week later, I found myself handing in my application to teach at ECES! Becoming a part of the Eastern Christian family has been such a gift from God in so many ways, and I am so excited to be a part of such a wonderful community!

Philosophical Profile
My girls have been attending Eastern Christian since preschool, so I have seen God working in them each and every day. As a parent, I appreciate the nurturing environment and the quality education that EC provides for my girls. They both have a relationship with God and truly care about others. The teachers and staff have been excellent role models, and they have challenged them academically, spiritually and personally, supporting them as they grow. I see God working in the lives of students every day at EC. They demonstrate core values and are caring and thoughtful of others. They spend time doing things that help and change the lives of others and share the word of God. They shine their light for others and show the way of the Lord. I am so honored and appreciative that God led me to Eastern Christian, where I can be a part of all the amazing things He is doing every day!