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For Back To School, A NYC Teacher Passionate About Diverse Literature Transforms Classroom Into A Hand-Painted Library

Danielle Monock, 8th grade ELA Master teacher and Literacy Coach at M.S. 137 Americaโ€™s School of Heroes in Ozone Park, N.Y. plans to blow kids away on the first day of school and ignite their passion for reading by using some vinyl and a paintbrush. Sheโ€™s transformed her classroom into a painted library of book titles students will study this year. โ€œI wanted to bring the stories to life for the students, get them excited about the books weโ€™ll be reading,โ€ Monock said. โ€œWhen kids are excited, theyโ€™re ripe for teaching!โ€