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Malena pursued a career in Special Education after working as a Teacher's Aide for a student with Autism on Long Island.  She received her Master's Degree from Queens College and is dual-certified in General and Special Education.  In the New York City school system, Malena has worked as both the special educator and general educator in co-taught inclusion classrooms, and as a general education teacher who collaborated with teachers of self-contained classes.  

Malena is passionate about inclusive education.  She supports teachers in creating classroom environments that meet the needs of all learners through their work in community building, differentiated instruction, and implementing best practices in co-teaching.  

In her spare time, Malena loves being outside with her husband and son, playing the French horn, kayaking, practicing yoga, and reading.

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