For the past five years, Rita Truong has been the head teacher in the Yellow room of the Avenues Early Learning Center. She is a proud member of the Avenues founding faculty. Previously, Rita taught children ages two through four at the Washington Market School in Tribeca and three- and four-year-olds at the Riverside Church Weekday School in Morningside Heights. She also taught two-year-olds at Preschool of America, Tudor City, in New York City. For 18 months, she served as governess in Hong Kong of a child aged four to six, teaching her math, writing, reading and piano.
While obtaining various degrees, Rita served as a student teacher in kindergarten and first grade classrooms in California, as well as in kindergarten at PS 199 Jessie Isador Straus School on the Upper West Side and the Herbert Birch Childhood Center in Washington Heights, where she worked with nursery-aged children with autism spectrum disorder. She was also an assistant teacher for grade five at PS 9 Sarah Anderson School on the Upper West Side.
Rita received a B.A. degree in elementary education from California State Polytechnic University and an M.A. in early childhood education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She holds an M.Ed. in early childhood special education from Bank Street College of Education and received California state certification in early education (kindergarten through grade six) and New York state certification in early childhood education (nursery through age eight). She holds New York state certification in early childhood special education (nursery through age eight).
Rita is fascinated by young children’s development. “My favorite part of being a nursery teacher,” she says, “is working with families and understanding the critical role parents play in their child’s education. A strong parent-teacher partnership is the key to a young child’s success in school.”
Rita was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and grew up in southern California, although she has lived in New York for almost fifteen years. She is proficient in both Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. Rita has two young daughters, one of whom is an Avenues student.