Tesin is a first generation American and knew very early on that her vocation was to be a teacher and considers being an educator a unique position of the heart, mind, and soul. Her love of learning was instilled by her immigrant parents.
Tesin attended Slippery Rock University for her undergrad and majored in Early Childhood and Special Education (2014). She later completed her Masters in Educational Leadership (2019) and received her Supervisory Certificate in Curriculum & Instruction at the University of Pittsburgh. She currently resides in the North Side with her husband, Nick.
Her teaching career began in the Prince George’s County, Maryland Public School District at a school called, James E. Duckworth Regional. The school she taught at served students with moderate to severe disabilities ages 5 through 21. Her position as a special educator gave her the opportunity to grow and learn in a multitude of ways. She had the chance to differentiate, plan, organize, and adapt the elementary curriculum to teach literacy, functional life skills, mathematics, science, and social studies to students with significant cognitive disabilities. Since a majority of her students were nonverbal, she did her best to create opportunities for them to communicate with their peers, teachers, and families; she even translated instructional tools for families who did not speak English. She incorporated assistive technology in the classroom through the use of Picture Communication Symbols and voice output devices. In addition, she collaborated with student interns, parents, special education teachers, school nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, paraprofessionals, and administrators to support student needs.
After two successful years in the Prince George’s County Public School District, she decided to return home to the city she knows and love, Pittsburgh! She was fortunate enough to be offered a position as a Learning Support Teacher at in the Seneca Valley School District. She has been supporting inclusive practices by making learning accessible to a variety of students with varying ability levels and exceptionalities at CVE for the past 4 years.
Her role as an educator has continued to ignite a fire in her that goes beyond the walls of her current classroom and will continue to manifest itself into any role she plays.
She has always believed in serving the needs of all students, but her experiences in education both as a teacher and a student have inspired her to do more. As an agent of change, she will work to support a positive and inclusive learning environment. She wants her words and actions to reflect a commitment to refining the lives of children by improving the quality of the instruction they receive. She is committed to creating the right conditions for effective teaching and learning through supportive supervision. When all is said and done, she wants the students, staff, and families who are directly and indirectly impacted by her role in education to feel that they are a part of something special; that they feel valued and appreciated. She hopes to accomplish this by creating opportunities for individuals to feel useful, valued, appreciated, and important.
Tesin is currently collaborating with her sister-in-law Brianna Amoscato (also an educator) to create a future student-led organization/nonprofit that works to empower diverse and aspiring teachers through fellowship groups within Pittsburgh. They hope one day ignite, passion, equity, and justice within the field of education They also hope to create a family of future educators who are willing to talk about and improve education/stir up excitement about a field that students may not have seen themselves participating in before.