Gizzelle Rojas Boccia, MS, Ed, Special Education Teacher

Gizzelle obtained her Master’s Degree in Education from Bank Street College.  Her focus during her studies was Infant and Parent Development and Early Intervention.  She is a certified Special Education teacher in New York State.  Her experience in infant-toddler and preschool development spans 20 years.  In her early career she was a case worker at Dominican Sisters Family Health Care in the Bronx.  She was later offered a position as the Infant-Toddler Teacher in the Infant Toddler Playroom Program and Mother’s Group.  Her interest peaked at this time and she was fortunate to have been guided by a mentor who encouraged her to apply for graduate school at Bank Street College.  She applied and was awarded a full scholarship toward her graduate degree.  Gizzelle joined the Child Life team at Bellevue Hospital in New York City, where she co-directed the Evaluation Department for Early Intervention. She led parenting groups, developmental play groups, and provided one-to-one play therapy for children in the outpatient clinic.  Gizzelle has also had a good amount of experience participating in research programs at Bellevue Hospital and at Westchester Institute for Human Development.  She has experience as a generalist serving on multidisciplinary evaluation teams in Westchester County for Early Intervention and for the Committee on Preschool Education.  Specialized training and experience include: Brazelton Touchpoints Training, STAT Training (evaluation for children on the Autism Spectrum), advanced developmental screening, advanced standardized evaluation of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, early identification of autism, and work with medically fragile children.