Phone: 761-6052 #2207
Degrees and Certifications:
BA in English MS in Secondary Education
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 fifteenth 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 Language & Literature syllabus, she taught IB Language & Literature Year 1 to last year's juniors. This year she will be teaching IB Language & Literature Year 2 to our current seniors.
Ms. Rella is also a WISE Mentor to students in the WISE program along with being an Extended Essay Mentor to students in the International Baccalaureate program as well. 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, and the International Baccalaureate Committee. 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 and attends PTA meetings regularly.
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 on this continuous journey of educating students through remote learning during this pandemic as our department's Lead Teacher/ PLC Leader in this content area for both middle and high school secondary grades 7-12.