Meet The Teacher

Ms. Piccinich graduated with honors from Fairleigh Dickinson University’s accelerated QUEST teacher preparation program where she received a B.A. in English Language and Literature as well as her MAT in Elementary Education (K-6). During her college years, Ms. Piccinich taught in various districts ranging from Leonia (K) to Hackensack (5th grade).  
Ms. Piccinich began her teaching career as a Basic Skills and Gifted and Talented teacher working with students in grades three through six at the Villano Elementary School in Emerson. This experience allowed Ms. Piccinich to further develop her personal pedagogy by providing students with creative and hands-on opportunities that empower the learning needs of each student.
This will be Ms. Piccinich’s sixth year working in the Franklin Lakes school district. She was fortunate enough to have started her career in Franklin Lakes with the Colonial Road School staff as a permanent substitute and fourth grade maternity leave teacher. She also had the privilege of working alongside the Woodside Avenue School staff as a second grade teacher. In her spare time, Ms. Piccinich loves spending time with her family and enjoys going for walks with her mini-dachshund, Frankie.
Ms. Piccinich was honored to be selected by the 2018-2019 Bergen County Teacher/Education Services Professionals Recognition Program or Teacher of the Year for Colonial Road School. She is excited and cannot wait to embark on a fun learning adventure with her students!

Teaching Philosophy

Every child can be a successful learner, and children learn in different ways. Ms. Piccinich believes that activities should be tailored to meet the needs of the individual students.  Children achieve their highest level of learning when they are directly engaged in hands-on activities where they can work cooperatively, explore and help each other construct their own knowledge.

"Be a pineapple. 
Stand tall, 
wear a crown, 
and be sweet on the inside." 

-Ms. Piccinich's favorite quote