Phone: 761-6052 #2207
Degrees and Certifications:
-Professional Diploma in Educational Leadership in both SBL and SDL -MS in Secondary Education -BA in English
Ms. Rella graduated with a BA in English from Quinnipiac University in 2004 and a Masters in Secondary Education in 2006 from Manhattanville College. She began teaching at Woodlands High School in May of 2006. She is blessed that this is her seventeenth year being part of the Greenburgh Central School District Community. Over the course of her teaching career, Ms. Rella has taught a variety of English classes, such as: English 9/9H, English 9WISE, English 10/ 10H, English 11/11H, English 12, & AP Composition and Literature. She also created the Greek Mythology elective at Woodlands High School called "Greek Mythology Alive & Well." Ms. Rella also worked with Westchester Community College to help bring the "Early College Experience" program to Woodlands High School. This was a partnership program with WCC which allowed students to earn college credits while still being in a high school setting. She has taught both "ECE 101 Writing & Research" and "ECE 102 Writing & Literature" as well. Students who successfully completed ECE 101 & 102 had the ability to earn six college credits in English prior to entering college. Ms. Rella is also trained in the International Baccalaureate philosophy and mission, as well as content specific training in Language & Literature. After successfully creating the IB HL Language & Literature syllabus, she taught IB Language & Literature Year 1 to juniors and Year 2 to seniors. She was very pleased when the students did extremely well on both their Individual Oral exams and their HL IB Essays.
Aside from her classroom duties, Ms. Rella is an Extended Essay Mentor to students in the International Baccalaureate program. She is also a mentor to new teachers joining the Greenburgh Central School District family. She participates and partakes in school committees such as the Scheduling Committee, the Technology Committee, the International Baccalaureate Committee, and the Equal Opportunities Schools Committee (EOS). She devotes her free time to mentoring students after school and providing study sessions in preparation for Regents exams, AP exams and IB exams in her content area. She is also an active member of the PTA.
Outside of the Greenburgh School District, she is part of the International English Honor Society (Sigma Tau Delta) and the International Honor Society of Education (Kappa Delta Pi). Her philosophy of teaching is not to teach students "what" to think, but to teach students "how" to think for themselves. She is also blessed to help guide the English Department in curriculum planning and data collection as our department's Lead Teacher/ PLC Leader for both middle and high school secondary grades 7-12.