Sabrina Zavaglia Cognitive and Learning Study Strategist
Sabrina Zavaglia is a 21 year veteran science educator with her Master’s degree in school district administration. She formerly taught in the NYC public school system, followed by 16 years at Pelham Memorial High School and is now currently teaching the 7th grade integrated science courses at Pelham Middle School. During her time at the high school, she taught every level of the Biology curriculum. For this reason, her work as a sought after AP Biology and SAT II Biology tutor forced her to look further into how students were preparing for the assessments and rigors of these highly academic courses. It became quite evident to her that students lacked skills and needed to better understand how they learned best and studied most effectively. The students needed to learn tools to become more successful before they could use the content that teachers were expecting them to use for their coursework. While tutoring in her own community of Larchmont, in which she has lived for 12 years, she crossed paths with Jean Marie Stein. They shared students and consistently noted that when the tools and strategies were utilized across the disciplines, academic success seemed to amplify, building student confidence as well. For years, Sabrina has embedded skill-based strategies into her class content while teaching curriculum and has seen that the skills have allowed students to move forward with academic success. She is a believer in individual learning styles. Sabrina wants each student to understand how their brain works so they can use it to gain knowledge, inquire about the world around them, and then use information they obtain to make additional connections. Lasting memory means learning takes place.